This CD features guitar music of Spain from the 19th- and 20th-centuries. Represented are gems by rarely-heard masters Julian Arcas (1832-1882) and Antonio Cano (1811-1897), pieces of unequivocal Spanish-ness by champions of Spanish nationalism Enrique Granados (1867-1916), Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909), and Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), and two solos by the great composer of the "Concierto de Aranjuez", Joaquin Rodrigo (1902-1999). The ever famous and popular "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" by Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909) and the anonymous "Spanish Romance" are also included. This CD answers the question: what is Spanish guitar, and what makes guitar the quintessential instrument for Spanish music?
Hideki Yamaya, based in Portland, Oregon, is a lutenist and guitarist who is actively teaching and performing all over the West Coast. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied with Robert Strizich, and an M.F.A. in Guitar and Lute Performance from University of California, Irvine, where he studied with John Schneiderman. He also studied with James Tyler at University of Southern California and with Paul Beier at Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, Italy. He has had master classes with the foremost guitarists and lutenists of today, including Robert Barto, Victor Coelho, David Dolata, Ronn McFarlane, Richard Savino, Stephen Stubbs, David Tanenbaum, Scott Tennant, and Benjamin Verdery. In demand both as a soloist and as a continuo/chamber player, Hideki has performed with and for Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Baroque Northwest, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, L.A. Opera, L.A. Master Chorale, California Bach Society, and Astoria Music Festival, and is the artistic director for Musica Maestrale, an early music collective based in Portland. He is an internationally acclaimed musician and has performed in Canada, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, and Italy.
released January 1, 2007
Recorded in Bend, Oregon; 2007 by Hideki Yamaya
Edited and Mastered by Hideki Yamaya
Cover photo by Lori Llanillo (Granada, Spain)
Guitar by Roberto Gomes (no. 121), Santa Cruz, California, 1996