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|3. Danza No. 1|
|5. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair|
|6. Darling Cora|
|7. Putney Hymn|
|9. Londonderry Air|
|10. Agua E Vinho|
|12. Brisas Del Torbes|
|13. Canto Siboney|
|14. Preludio No. 6: Dolor|
|15. Recuerdos De La Alhambra|
|16. Four Songs: Of Sting And Honey - Tomorrow - Jerusalem Of Gold - Spy Girl|
|17. One Day In May|
|18. You Have Set My Star|
|19. Varre Vento|
Sharon Isbin is all musicianship and brilliance, she has clearly built her reputation upon impeccable performances both live and in recording. Her craft in Dreams of A World is multifold- she initiated the commissioning of works such as the Duarte piece, developed transcriptions and arrangements, created a lush, emotional 'program' that progresses from one work to the next in a highly organic fashion.
If you are looking for high-speed pyrotechnics, Isbin is absolutely capable of this, and plays the most demanding pieces of the classical guitarist's repertoire. The current album is virtuosic in her nuanced and coloristic passages, and the music calls forth the greatest delicacy from the instrument. Both of these types of performance are well within Isbin's range. Witness her Bach recordings, orchestral recordings, contemporary and 'classic' pieces of the canon of guitar works. She embraces the very highest values of the instrument and brings to stage and CD an artful awareness of prescisely what each musical work requires in order to shine. Overplaying can be as dull as underplaying - Isbin does neither. In her hands each work shines and is truly a gem of multifaceted musical pleasure.
For those music lovers who know the guitar and its possibilities, you will realize that the instrument is in the hands of a prodigy-turned-international player who is one of a kind not only in her generation, but for several generations. Why is it no surprise that Segovia, the composer Rodrigo, and numerous luminaries of the classical guitar world have given her their ultimate compliment - full and unconditional support? She deserves the accolade -- it is in her hands - listen to it here on this CD, and find the heart of the music - you'll recognize the heart and spirit of each piece immediately through Isbin's performances.
Listen to this work, and explore Isbin's entire opus and repertoire. She brings into the world beauty beyond what was known before - that is her gift.
I hope you're decide to make this CD your gift - to yourself and to others.
I am a composer -- to my ears, this music is heartwrenchingly gorgeous, and it comes to life through the performer's hands.
Isbin's performances are a life lesson- those who seek depth and profundity through music will find it here.