Classical guitar

This page is intended to be an introductory guide to Classical Guitar material at the library. The title-underlined links will take you directly to our catalogue. Some featured items are linked via a cover to enable you to read more about the items, and listen or see track information.

(Last updated 7th March 2012)



Featured DVD:

Amazon cover The next tango : Astor Piazzolla in conversation and in concert, a film by José Montes-Baquer.
The story of Astor Piazzolla, legendary creator of the 'Tango Nuevo.' The DVD is roughly divided between the concert and the interview, and the latter is peppered with staged music footage that illustrates what Piazzolla happens to be discussing at the moment. At around 45 minutes worth of music the listenener is left wanting more, although what makes this DVD are the interview segments which offer a glimpse into this maestro's thinking.


More reviews:

jacket My life in music, by Julian Bream.
This is more of a biographical approach, as the title indicates, than a straight concert recital. But there is no shortage of superb performances included. including a duet with John Williams, and a glimpse of Django Reinhardt. Uses personal stories, archival music clips, rare still photos and new interpretations to weave an overview of a great musical innovator who influenced millions throughout his 70+ years. Recommended.

Amazon dvd jacket Andres Segovia in portrait. (2005)
This contains 2 documentaries made with Segovia towards the end of his life: "Andres Segovia at Los Olivos," (56 minutes) and "Song of the Guitar" (48 minutes). Both are reflective works where Segovia talks about his approach to life, music and playing. The viewer is treated to performances of works by Torroba, Granados, Bach, Tarrega, Albeniz, Scarlatti, Ponce and Rameau.



Shelf help:

All books about classical guitar are shelved at 785.35.

Syndetics book coverThe Latin guitar handbook, by Chris Mello.
A complete survey and guide for any guitarist interested in performing different styles of Latin music. Each chapter examines the styles common to the music of a featured country. Includes a thorough exploration of the history, common instrumentation, core rhythms, guitar patterns and chord voicings, transcriptions, application, and provides musical examples in each style.

Syndetics book jacket Classical guitar making : a modern approach to traditional design, by John S. Bogdanovich. (2007)
O.K. Hands up how many people make their own guitars? This is a specialised book but a welcome addition to the shelves with its comprehensive instructions. Note that woodworking skills are assumed so this is not for the beginning to attempt. Luthier and guitarist Bogdanovich makes his love for the instrument clear. With its help and your perseverance, you could, indeed, make your own.

Amazon book jacket Solo guitar playing. Book 1 by Frederick M Noad. (2003)
"For years, the most popular classical guitar method ever published! There are exercises, practice studies, and self-tests, a survey of the guitar repertoire and numerous solo and ensemble compositions. Generously illustrated with photos, diagrams, and musical examples. Instruction, including graded exercises, practice studies, and a survey of the guitar repertoire. With CD." (Amazon)

Amazon jacket Play classical guitar, David Braid. (2001). Book and CD.
This is an excellent instructional tutor beginning at the beginning with posture and positioning, and music theory. The main part of the book takes the reader through progressive technical exercises and excerpts from important repertoire, all accompanied by a CD to illustrate how they should be played. Well illustrated with diagrams.

The classical guitar : its evolution and its players since 1800, by Maurice J. Summerfield. (1997).

Classical guitar companion, edited by Sue McCreadie. (1982).

The guitar : the history, the music, the players, by Allan Kozinn. (1984).



Classical guitar (UK) (Library has issues from September 2003 on).
Aimed at players, teachers and listeners.
Devoted to the classical guitar, with some flamenco and lute coverage.

Instrumental Guitar music

Shelf help:

CDs have the classification Guitar and they are shelved alphabetically within the Instrumental (green) section.

Scores will be at the classification 781.25 and 781.259 which is found at the South end of the First Floor of the Central Library.


Amazon cd jacket Spanish music for classical guitar, by Isaac Albeniz. Performed by David Russell, guitar.
In 2009, Russell was named honorary member of "Amigos de la Guitarra", the oldest guitar society in Spain. "Russell's new recording possesses the same charm, timbral beauty and depth of musical understanding which has been consistent throughout his outstanding performing career. International Record Review, September 2011.

Amazon cd jacket Guitar quintets, by Boccherini. Performed by Europa Galante.
Written during Boccherini's stint as court composer in Madrid, these are "can't-miss" pieces. Europa Galante is a period performance band and treats the performance sympathetically. "This disc is everything you would hope for in a chamber music recording: excellent recorded sound; sharp, witty playing; and intriguing compositions" (Amazon customer)

Amazon cd jacket Virtuoso duets. Christopher Parkening, David Brandon, guitars.
Composers included - by de Falla, Villa-Lobos, Granados, Ponce, J. S. Bach.

Amazon cd jacket Guitar passions performed by Sharon Isbin & friends. Contents include : Porro / Gentil Montana ; arr. Gustavo Colina (2:28) -- Sonidos de aquel d­a / Quique Sinesi ; arr. Stanley Jordan (3:43) -- Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez / Joaquin Rodrigo ; arr. Laurindo Almeida (13:06) -- Asturias / Isaac Albeniz ; transcribed by Andres Segovia (7:18) -- Allegro / Agust­n Barrios Mangore ; arr. Steve Vai (3:41) -- Dreamboat Annie / Ann Wilson ; Nancy Wilson ; arr. Nancy Wilson (4:02) -- Alfonsina y el mar / Ariel Rami­rez ; arr. Jorge Cardoso (5:58) -- Chovendo na roseira / Antonio Carlos Jobim ; arr. Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Romero Lubambo (3:56) ... Isbin is Winner of Guitar Player magazine Best Classical Guitarist award.

Amazon cd jacket The lion in the lute : British guitar music. Miolin, Anders.
Includes - Five bagatelles, by Sir William Walton; Elegy, by Alan Rawsthorne; Sonatina, op. 51 & Theme and variations, op. 77 by Sir Lennox Berkeley; The blue guitar, by Sir Michael Tippett; Nocturnal : op. 70, by Benjamin Britten.



The ultimate classical guitar album for solo guitar.
Contains works by Dowland, Albeniz, Falla, and Granados.

Classical studies for guitar, compiled and edited by Peter Paffgen.
Contains studies by Sor and Carcassi.


Guitar Concertos

Shelf help

Concerto CDs have the classification Concertos : Guitar and they are shelved alphabetically within the Orchestral (blue) section.

Scores will also be at the classification 781.259, except for full or study scores which are 782.77. Both are are found at the South end of the First Floor of the Central Library.


Amazon cd jacket Concierto de Aranjuez : invocation y danza, by Rodrigo. Albeniz concerto, by Stephen Goss. Espana, by Albeniz. Performed by Xuefei Yang, guitar ; Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (1st-2nd works) ; Eiji Oue, conductor.
Concierto de Aranjuez has been recorded countless times, but Xuefei Yang brings her own exuberant individuality to it, demonstrating brilliant, fleet-fingered technique in the outer movements and a subtle flamenco earthiness in the romantic second movement that you don't often hear...she captures all the sunshine and dusty clamour of the music. Classic FM Magazine, February 2011. We also have Forty degrees north by the same brilliant player.

Amazon cd jacket Baroque guitar concerti. Performer Note Gerald Garcia, guitar ; Camerata Cassovia ; Peter Breiner, conductor.
Contents: Concerto no. 2 in E minor : 'Il favorito', op. 11, RV 277 ; Concerto in D minor, RV 540 ; Concerto in C major : "Mandoline", RV 425 ; Concerto in D major, RV 93, by Vivaldi -- Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052, by J.S. Bach.

Amazon cd jacket Choros 1-7, by Villa-Lobos.
Choros no 1 is for guitar, played here by Carlos Oramas, with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Adrian Leaper, conductor. While not really a concerto, it is for guitar and orchestra.


Catalogue Quicksearch:

All Guitar Concertos CDs


Concierto de Aranjuez : para guitarra y orquesta = fur Gitarre und Orchester = for guitar, by Joaquin Rodrigo.
Arranged for guitar and piano.

Concierto para una fiesta: para guitarra y orquesta = fur Gitarre und Orchester = for guitar, by Joaquin Rodrigo.
Arranged for guitar and piano.

Useful websites

Popular Home