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The Sound of Spain

David Merrin - Granary-Guitars , Various , . Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Granary Guitars
  • ASIN: B003VND7VM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,714 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super historical guitars 2 Sep 2010
By Phill
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound of Spain 15 Sep 2010
By Jo
Lovely CD, so good to have such a wonderful collection of instruments on one CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 15 Sep 2010
By jim
What a marvellous recording. This CD truly refects the beautiful sound of the guitar with obvious tone and colour totally apparent, as opposed to the muffled monotone sounds of the so-called modern lattice/hybrid guitars. David Merrin with his artful and skillful playing has captured the true quality of each instrument and extracted the individual characteristics particular to each one. Buy listen and enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
There are many classical guitar CDs by single artists playing works by various composers, and some compilations of various artists as well, but this is the only CD I know of which presents a beautiful, well-recorded collection of the sounds of various instruments built by famous luthiers, so that classical guitar lovers can finally hear, side by side, the rich and varied tones of a Fleta, Ramirez, Hauser and so on. Even if you're not familiar with these names, the CD is a very enjoyable collection of some of the most famous pieces of music for the classical guitar, but for those who have heard of them, and especially for students and collectors of classical guitars, this is a rare treasure trove.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Jun 2013
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Highly enjoyable and informative CD by David Merrin which merits a prime place in any classical guitar collection. Highly recommended.
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