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Le Calme: Fernando Sor late works (SACD/CD - plays on all CD players) [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

William Carter , Fernando Sor , none Audio CD
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  • Performer: William Carter
  • Conductor: none
  • Composer: Fernando Sor
  • Audio CD (13 Jun 2011)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Linn Records
  • ASIN: B004X0KR88
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Three Études, Op. 29: No. 23 in G Major - Allegro 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Three Études, Op. 29: No. 13 in Bb Major - Andante Lento 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Three Études, Op. 29: No. 17 in C Major - Allegro Moderato 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Morceau de concert, Op. 54 - Andante Largo 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Morceau de concert, Op. 54 - Theme Varie11:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Morceau de concert, Op. 54 - Allegro 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lecon, Op. 31, No. 16 - Moderato 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mazurka, Op. 43, No. 4 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Waltz, Op. 32, No. 2 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Le Calme, Caprice pour guitar seul, Op. 50 - Andante 9:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Three Études: Op. 60, No. 22 - Allegro Moderato 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Three Études: Op. 35, No. 17 - Moderato 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Three Études: Op. 35, No. 22 - Allegretto 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Lecon, Op. 31, No. 23 - Mouvement de priere religieuse 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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World-renowned guitarist William Carter presents an appealing collection of works by Spanish guitar virtuoso and composer Fernando Sor, a much-anticipated follow-up to his acclaimed Early Works recording of 2010 (named Gramophone Editor s Choice). Sor's late works demonstrate highly elaborate structures and technique which tested even the finest students and pushed the boundaries of the instrument. This second collection showcases some of Sor's most commercially popular works with as much appeal for listeners today as for the original cosmopolitan audiences. William Carter employs a performance practice endorsed by Sor himself - playing with the finger tips, creating an intimate and unforgettable sound.


The sound is intimate and nostalgic --Independent on Sunday

Quite simply some of the finest guitar playing you'll ever hear --Gramophone

Nothing obscures the subtlety and beauty of his solo guitar --The Times

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful recording 25 Oct 2013
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Very nice relaxing music - beautifully recorded with lovely ambience and detail. I would recommend it to anyone with good speakers. I listened to the SACD layer only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More beautiful music, beautifully played 24 July 2014
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As with the companion disc of Sor's early works, this is beautifully played and beautifully recorded (and yes, the SACD layer DOES sound better than the Red Book layer, which is still up to Linn's usual high standards).

Carter's notes are informative, both about Sor and the technical aspects of his playing.

If you liked the first disc you can't go wrong with this. In fact, you can't go wrong with this anyway if you have any interest in classical guitar music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful music, virtuoso playing 8 Oct 2011
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Perfect music for late night listening by candlelight and virtuoso playing using fingertip technique of the time,

I listened to the CD layer and the sound quality is great, so I'd expect SACD to be even better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carter and Sor 14 July 2011
By Oscar O. Veterano - Published on
Format:Audio CD
William Carter - "La Calme" - Linn Records

A renowned master of the lute and baroque guitar, William Carter here brings his considerable musical understanding and virtuosity to the later works of Fernando Sor. With his extensive of knowledge of historical performance practices (particularly those used for the lute), Mr. Carter performs this music, like his previous release of Sor's early works, using bare fingertips, the same technique employed by Sor himself, as opposed to picking with the fingernails, which method has been dominant since the beginning of the 20th century.
The music, mostly written as studies, couldn't be lovelier; tuneful and subtle, even the simplest theme over open bass string structures have a complete, song-like quality and serve as a reminder of the power of a memorable melody.
Mr. Carter's playing is, as usual, of the very highest quality, with a flawless technique and deep understanding of the music that manages to bring both emotion and precision to these often under-appreciated compositions.
Kudos also to Philip Hobbs, who produced and engineered this project; the recorded sound has a "live" quality that is clear, clean and gimmick-free.
"La Calme" by William Carter is a virtual must-have for guitar students and fans, chamber music aficionados, and anyone interested in the music of the most important guitarist/composer of the pre-modern era.

10 out of 10, highest possible recommendation Oscar O. Veterano
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