Pablo Sainz Villegas

SUNDAY, March 21, 2021 – 11:08 AM

Pablo Sáinz Villegas

This is another post I wrote a year ago. But somehow I never put it in the list of things to listen to, so it disappeared after a couple weeks. While looking through it I decided to listen to more. Perhaps later I’ll split this up into composers

Tárrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Repeated notes are horribly difficult on piano, and I thin they may be even worse on guitar. I like the way this man makes a musical statement with the repeats, so it is extremely expressive rather than just technical.

Tárrega: Capricho árabe

Capricho árabe (Arabic Caprice) is an 1892 work for classical guitar He dedicated it to a friend, conductor Tomas Breton.

Tárrega: Gran Jota de Concierto

This just seems like a lot of fun to me, with the sound effects.

Isaac Albeniz: Asturias (Leyenda)

Again, the way this man interprets repeated notes is very special. It makes this difficult technique sound effortless.

Anonymous: Romance Anónimo

This is a piece for guitar, also known as “Estudio en Mi de Rubira” (Study in E by Rubira), “Spanish Romance”, “Romance de España”, “Romance de Amor”, “Romance of the Guitar”, “Romanza” and “Romance d’Amour” among other names. No one knows who wrote it. It seems also to be famous because of a French film.

Gerónimo Giménez: La boda de Luis Alonso

I don’t even know what this is about. The story sounds complicated.

Roland Dyens: Tango en Skai

It’s just a tango, but for me this was huge amount of fun full of things that only a guitar can do.

5 thoughts on “Pablo Sainz Villegas

  1. In the guitar if your left hand isn’t *just so*, one finger will mute the neighbors’ strings. That’s just the beginning of the troubles =o) This guy makes it look so easy it’s almost demoralizing. I thoroughly enjoy his playing. He sounds like the old guys (Segovia, Yepes) but with more of everything.

  2. I’m here a year later, enjoying the music all over again. I just got immersed in a tutorial about guitar “tremolo” (the repeated notes you mentioned for the first, Gary), and it seems a very complex skill to master. It makes me appreciate what I’m hearing even more.

  3. Beautiful, both performances.

    I once tried to teach myself to play guitar, and the very last piece in the book was the Leyenda. I sort of massacred the first line before it got too complicated. This has given me a great respect for this playing. It is not an easy instrument. But it has such a rich array of colours for master guitarists to draw out.

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