Sample Recordings



 



Austria:
Franz Schubert 
Ave Maria (based on an arrangement for guitar and voice by Napoléon Coste)
+ 

Brazil:
Roberto Baden Powell 
Canto de Ossanha
 
Heitor Villa-Lobos 
Chôro No. 1
 


Germany:
J.S. Bach 
Gavotte en Rondeau
 
Fugue BWV 1000
*
Johann Pachelbel
 
Canon in D
 


Ireland:
John Sheahan 
Marino Waltz (arr. Dermot Ryan)
 
Traditional 
Danny Boy (arr. Martin Grayson)
 
Turlough O'Carolan
 
Planxty Irwin (arr. John Loesberg)
 
Traditional
 
She Moved Through the Fair (arr. John Loesberg)
 


Italy:
Mauro Giuliani 
Variations sur les Folies d'Espagne
*
Ferdinando Carulli
 
Duo in G, Op. 34: Largo, Rondeau
+ 

Paraguay:
Agustín Barrios 
La Catedral 1
* 2* 3*


Spain/Catalonia:
Francisco Tárrega 
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
*
La Alborada
 
Lágrima
 
Alonso Mudarra
 
Fantasía que contrahaze la harpa en la manera de Luduvico
*
Traditional
 
El testament d'Amèlia (arr. Miguel Llobet)
*
Anonymous
 
Romanza

Manuel de Falla
 
La Danza del Molinero (arr. Timothy Kain)

Isaac Albéniz
 
Asturias (Leyenda) (arr. Andrés Segovia)


United Kingdom:
Stanley Myers  
Cavatina (Theme from The Deer Hunter) (arr. John Williams)
 
Benjamin Britten
 
Nocturnal 1
* 2* 3* 4* 5* 6* 7* 8* 9*
Lennox Berkeley
 
Sonatina 1
* 2* 3*

Venezuela:
Antonio Lauro  
El Marabino
 
Vals Venezolano 1
 
Vals Venezolano 2
 
Vals Venezolano 3
 
Vals Venezolano 4
 


+ - Multitracked guitars. See Notes section below.
* - recorded by "direct injection". See Notes section below.



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Notes

These recordings were made at home, using one of two methods.

The first method was playing an Alvaro electric classical guitar, plugged straight into the Line-In of the soundcard of a laptop, and storing the sound straight to the hard drive using CFBSoftware's LP Recorder application. The end result is clean, but rather dry. One might describe it as a little unguitarlike. This is inevitable, given that the sound is essentially the sound inside the guitar, very closely miked, and lacking room echo, among other natural effects one associates with a guitar performance. These older recordings are marked above with an asterisk.

The second method, the one I currently use, is to record one of my two handmade guitars with a Zoom H2 Handy Recorder, placing the mic about 30-40cm in front of the guitar. These recordings sound warmer and more natural.

The two handmade guitars are a spruce guitar, built by Russel Fong in 1987, and a cedar guitar, built by Nicholas Ioannou in 1988.

All recordings are either one-take, or very lightly edited using Audacity sound-editing software, except for the tracks marked "+", which are the product of overlaid guitar tracks.

Before I used Audacity, I used Windows' built-in Sound Recorder application for editing purposes.