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  • Performer: David Russell
  • Composer: Federico Moreno Torroba
  • Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003D2D
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Allegretto
2. II. Andante
3. III. Allegro
4. Burgalesa - Federico Moreno Torroba
5. I. Fandanguillo
6. II. Arada
7. III. Danza
8. Madranos - Federico Moreno Torroba
9. I. Alcazar De Segovia
10. II. Alba De Tormes
11. III. Montemayor
12. IV. Zafra
13. V. Manzanares Del Real
14. VI. Siguenza
15. VII. Siminacas
16. VIII. Turegano
17. IX. Torija
18. X. Calatrava
19. XI. Redaba
20. XII. Alcaniz
See all 28 tracks on this disc

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Another great recording from the unrivalled David Russell. This recording contains perhaps the finest performance of solo guitar works by Federico Moreno Torroba available. Titles are: 'Sonatina', 'Burgalesa', 'Suite Castellana', 'Madraños', 'Castillos de

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Prado on 6 Jun. 2009
David Russell is a very nice, very clever guitar player, with a very sensitive point of view.

From Spain, recomended. I swear, it's the best guitar cd i've ever had.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ChrisD on 9 Oct. 2007
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David Russell has a reputation as one of the finest guitar players of the last few decades and this recording is him at his best.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Good recording overall, a few issues 6 Nov. 2006
By Sor_Fingers - Published on Amazon.com
Probably one of the best things about this recording is that its a great collection of most of Torroba's great solo guitar music. Russell hits all the important pieces and plays them all with flair and accuracy. Russell's playing is very expressive and he tends to capture the esssence of the music. The playing is clean, beautiful and precise. Good tone, dynamic contrast, all the basics that guitar students spend years perfecting. However, Russell does play a little too heavy sometimes. I like to think that if Torroba were playing electric guitar today he would sound a lot like Pat Metheny with a little Spanish flavor. His music should never be too bombastic or heavy. Not to say that Russell never lightens up, but he doesn't always back off when he needs to. Some of the slower, more lyrical Castles of Spain especially aren't as effective as they could be. The other issue about this recording is that the track listing is WRONG! It should go like this:

Sonatina for Guitar in A Major


Suite Castellana

Castles of Spain

Madronos (Not "Madranos")


Aires de la Mancha

Because of this glich in the track listing, all of the Castles of Spain tracks are off by one track as they are listed on the CD liner. It isn't even correct on David Russell's website.

The only other thing that I don't like about this CD is that some of the notes are a little weird. I know that there were differences between Torroba's original manuscript and Segovia's editions of the pieces, but some of the notes are either wrong or different from anything I've ever played from (and from what I remember that Segovia originally recorded). It's only a very minor detail as there may be some note decisions where Russell decided to preserve some original notations by Torroba, and I am always in favor of preserving the composer's original intentions over Segovia's rewrites if possible. It's not overly important, it's merely just a yellow flag to the guitarists out there saying that your edition may be slightly different from what Russell plays.

This is a great recording providing interesting contrast to Segovia's original Torroba recordings. While Segovia is the original "performance practice" version of these pieces, Russell's interpretations are for the most part very good. I would recommend listening to Segovia's recordings of Torroba as you would be cheating yourself to only listen to this recording.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
a little gem 19 Mar. 2000
By Jane Austen - Published on Amazon.com
Moreno Torroba is maybe one of the best composers for guitar, unfortunately little known. David Russel brings to life some magnificent pieces with his wonderful tone and phrasing. Impeccable production and sound as well. An absolute must for guitar lovers and a good beginning for those who are not.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Virtuoso performance but sometimes too bravura. 29 May 2001
By Wildfire - Published on Amazon.com
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It's about time! Moreno-Torroba has been absent from catalogue for too long (with the exception of Spain, of course, where one can find recordings of his Zarzuelas (basically Spanish light opera), piano music, etc. David Russell is without doubt a virtuoso - you won't hear wrong notes, string squawking or fret buzzes. However, he tends toward a constant brilliance when at times something more restfully expressive would seem appropriate. I have some familiarity with this music, playing it as well as recording-wise, and I found his tendency to faster tempi a little jarring at times, notably in quiet, laid-back or expressive works like the Burgalesa; the middle portion of the Notturno and the Andante from the Sonatina. David Russell's Burgalesa is simply too strident, the central section pressing and noisy. The middle section of the Notturno has none of the warmth and dreaminess of Bream's early performance (alas, not currently available but I refer to his 1956 recording). Similarly the Andante. On the other hand, Russell's bravura truly brings out the fire in the outer movements of the Sonatina, the Suite Castellana and the Castillos. In summary, this is an excellent disc, worthy of any collection embracing Spanish/Latin guitar music. For all my gripes, I've heard performances, recorded and live, well inferior to David Russell's, and unless you're familiar with the works I singled out in the magical hands of Bream or Segovia, this recording will not disappoint in any way.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
My Favorite CD--period!!! 31 Dec. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Moreno Torroba's compositions, commissioned by Segovia, belie the assertion that the classical guitar repertoire is less rich than that of other instruments. These pieces are complex yet accessible. David Russel is a virtuoso and communicates the nuances of the music with magic. I find it hard to believe that any objective listener would not rate this as one of the best classical guitar CDs ever recorded.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of the best collections of Torroba 26 Jun. 2007
By Bjorkfinity - Published on Amazon.com
I think this recording is very relaxed for the most part. He kind of breezes through these with speed and doesn't take enough time on some pieces but David Russell is the cleanest guitar player around and these recordings are flawless. He lets you hear every note. Burgalesa is an amazingly beautiful, melancholy piece which Sevogia loved. Montemayor is haunting and tremelo is exquisite. Alba de Tormes is a popular and beautiful piece which sounds great. Fandango is probably the most popular piece here which overwhelmingly captures the Spanish feeling and which Segovia recorded extremely well (probably the most famous recording of Fandango) on his "Favorite Spanish Encore" LP and Russell sounds great in this piece, too. I'd rather listen to Russell play these than Yepes, Segovia or the Romeros.
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