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The Sound of Spain


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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Granary Guitars
  • ASIN: B003VND7VM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sor: Minuet in A major Antonio de Lorca
2. Sor: Study in E minor Louis Panormo
3. Tárrega: Gran Vals Agustín Altimira
4. Tárrega: Capricho Arabe Vicente Arias
5. Llobet: Canço del Lladre Manuel Ramírez
6. Albéniz: Granada Enrique Garcia
7. Granados: Spanish Dance No. 10 Francisco Simplicio
8. Torroba: Nocturno Hermann Hauser I
9. Turina: Garrotín Santos Hernández
10. Turina: Soleares Arcángel Fernández
11. Albéniz: Cádiz - Domingo Esteso
12. Granados: Spanish Dance No. 5 Robert Bouchet
13. Albéniz: Capricho Catalán Ignacio Fleta
14. Granados: La Maja de Goya Miguel Rodriguez
15. Granados: Spanish Dance No. 4 - Hernández y Aguado
16. Torroba: Sonatina 1st movement Manuel Contreras
17. Albéniz: Asturias Daniel Friederich
18. Mompou: Canción José Ramírez III
19. Albéniz: Córdoba José Romanillos & Son

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CD Description

A selection of Spanish pieces played on 19 original instruments from the Granary-Guitar collection and demonstrating the unique and beautiful sound of the traditional Spanish guitar. Played by David Merrin and recorded by John Taylor the CD includes a 32 pp booklet with details and measurements of the guitars, an explanation of the recording process by John Taylor and an introduction by Sr Jose Romanillos.

About the Artist

David Merrin was inspired at a young age to play the guitar after hearing recordings of Andres Segovia and he went on to study for four years at Trinity College of Music, London where he gained a performing diploma. In addition to a busy performing and teaching schedule David has established himself as one of the UKs finest young guitar makers.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 15 Sept. 2010
Lovely CD, so good to have such a wonderful collection of instruments on one CD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Phill on 2 Sept. 2010
Just thought I'd write and congratulate Alun, David and John for their fabulous CD 'The Sound of Spain'.

I'd already pre-ordered my copy and it arrived today.
Impatient to hear the CD, I played it on my PC at work and listened via a terrible mono headset.
On reflection, this was quite a good move - it allowed me to concentrate on the music and the quality of the playing.
There's some beautiful music making going on there David.

The sleeve notes are also excellent and provided far more interesting reading than what I should have been reviewing at work.

I've now transferred the CD onto my audiophile hi-fi system and the results are breathtaking.
The recording has caught the ambience of the church at Weston perfectly; I was there last week listening to Berta Rojas play.
The sound emerges from a seemingly black background and hangs in the air with holographic precision as if David were playing in front of me.
I really wish we could have more recordings with less processing.

I can now distinguish quite well the characteristics of the superb guitars used in this recording;
Arias, Simplicio, Ramirez, Hernandez, Hauser, Aguado, Fleta, Bouchet, Romanillos with David bringing out the best from each.
Hearing historic instruments played and recorded so beautifully has set me thinking about commissioning a traditional sounding guitar for myself.
I think this is such an important project for those who love the sound of the Spanish guitar and am looking forward to future CD's.

Alun, thank you for your ... well I suppose philanthropy may be the best term.
I've been to Granary Guitars on several occasions and have felt very privileged to play instruments from your collection, now I can hear them whenever I want.
Thank you David for your beautiful playing, and thank you John for capturing the sound so perfectly.

Wishing you every success with the CD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elsa Bee on 9 Jan. 2011
I was fortunate enough recently to be given a copy of this CD by a friend, it is a mellifluous collection of well-known pieces played masterfully on 19 different guitars, in the Spanish classical guitar tradition. Not only suitable for aficionados of the genre, it will have wide appeal (my sceptical young neighbour is now a convert and it soothed the 4 year old we were babysitting). Clearly David Merrin has a wonderful talent for playing these instruments, which made this the most listened to gift CD in our home over the recent holidays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vin on 12 April 2013
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I love this compilation of classical guitar music played wonderfully by David Merrin a wonderfully talented luthier whose classical guitars command high premiums (check his website). The CD also includes if you're interest, wonderful information on each guitar used, a different one for each track. There is no flamenco on this but if you enjoy Spanish classical guitar music you will love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KL on 19 Dec. 2010
This is a beautiful collection of pieces, all played by David Merrin with exquisite skill on a fine collection of old and new guitars. It appears to have been very simply recorded (that's high praise rather than a criticism) to allow the sound of the guitar and the player take centre stage. The 'sleeve notes' detailing the background on each of the guitars compliments the music perfectly.
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Nice CD and booklet.

However, the booklet talks about the possibility to download from granary-guitars dot com the theme "Adelita", played on each of the guitars on the CD. The links to the nineteen .wma files are there, but the media-player license needed to play the music can't be obtained, one only gets this error message:

"The license cannot be downloaded because the license has already been downloaded 10 times."

Asking the authors of the CD was a futile endeavour, the contact person just said "it works", and was not helpful at all. This was a couple of years ago and things are still the same.

I wrote to several other owners of the CD, and none of them was ever able to listen to those additional comparison recordings. I really wonder why at all they went through the pain of recording the same theme on all 19 guitars if then nobody else than they themselves can ever listen to it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. J. Hill on 1 Sept. 2010
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To anyone who loves the traditionally built, (with fan strutting), classical guitar this collection of guitars is absolutely mouth watering. Ramirez, Fleta, Hauser 1, Bouchet, Romanillos are just a few of the guitars that David Merrin plays so beautifully here. He plays with obvious devotion to the Segovia/ Bream sound world that seduced many of us towards this version of the instrument. I loved hearing the subtle tone differences between the guitars and particularly enjoyed reading the booklet which is very comprehensive, particularly with regard to the detailed dimensions of the guitars. I never knew that they varied so much in their weight! The quality of the recorded sound, (by John Taylor), is wonderful. Full marks to "Granary Guitars" for sourcing this inspiring CD.
Eric Hill
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