Bach’s keyboard works known as the English Suites offer a series of dance movements which, despite their name, owe more to earlier French and German models. This is the first of two recordings of the complete English Suites arranged for two guitars by the distinguished Montenegrin Guitar Duo. Transcriptions of Bach for solo guitar have been popular since the nineteenth century and the emergence of the guitar duo extends still further the potential for exciting and revelatory performances.
As a collection this is pretty much self-recommending. It assembles Rodrigo's concertos for one (Aranjuez), two (Madrigal) and four (Andaluz) guitars into one place. The playing time is generous and the notes are adequate though it is a pity that the works have not been dated. The sound is close-up and this applies not just to the guitars. The orchestra is very powerfully projected - tantamount to overpowering during climaxes. This is for Rodrigo-ists who prefer intensity and potent drama over chamber intimacy and restraint…
The composer Joaquim Homs Oller (1906-2003), from Barcelona, is surely one of the most important musical personalities of the second half of the twentieth century in Spain. With its quality and beauty, the chamber music with guitar occupies an outstanding place in the artistic output of the Catalan composer. The nine works recorded here, all composed between 1959 and 1992, reveal the maestro’s creative evolution and the depth of his musical language which, in performances by the Salamanca Ensemble and the guitar duo + Que2, take on a new and fascinating dimension.
Barre chords are vital if you want to move beyond the third fret, play solid rhythm in all keys and get a wide variety of sounds through chord inversions. This lesson teaches basic chord theory, transposing from one key to another and how to play chord progressions and songs that require barre chords.