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Fernando Sor: Early Works

William Carter

Fernando Sor: Early Works

...some of the finest guitar music ever written
CKD 343 (Linn Records)
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1
2 Theme Variées and 12 Menuets, Op.11: Minuet No. 6 in A Major

2 Theme Variées and 12 Menuets, Op.11: Minuet No. 6 in A Major

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
02:25 Play $1.70
2
2 Thème Variees and 12 Menuets, Op.11: Minuet No. 7 in A Minor

2 Thème Variees and 12 Menuets, Op.11: Minuet No. 7 in A Minor

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
02:05 Play $1.70
3
2 Theme Variées and 12 Menuets, Op.11: Minuet No. 8 in A Major

2 Theme Variées and 12 Menuets, Op.11: Minuet No. 8 in A Major

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
02:40 Play $1.70
4
Variations on O Cara Armonia from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 9

Variations on O Cara Armonia from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 9

Composer

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Soloist William Carter
Arranger Fernando Sor
09:24 Play $3.40
5
8 Short Pieces, Op. 24: No. 1. Menuet in C Minor

8 Short Pieces, Op. 24: No. 1. Menuet in C Minor

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
02:58 Play $1.70
6
6 Short Pieces, Op. 5: No. 3. Menuet in C Major

6 Short Pieces, Op. 5: No. 3. Menuet in C Major

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
01:25 Play $1.70
7
6 Short Pieces, Op. 5: No. 5. Andante Largo

6 Short Pieces, Op. 5: No. 5. Andante Largo

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
07:40 Play $3.40
8
2 Theme Variees et 12 Minuets, Op. 11: Minuet No. 5 in D Major

2 Theme Variees et 12 Minuets, Op. 11: Minuet No. 5 in D Major

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
02:14 Play $1.70
9
2 Theme Variees et 12 Minuets, Op. 11: Minuet No. 4 in D Major

2 Theme Variees et 12 Minuets, Op. 11: Minuet No. 4 in D Major

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
03:06 Play $1.70
10
12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 2 in A Major

12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 2 in A Major

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
01:29 Play $1.70
11
12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 8 in C Major

12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 8 in C Major

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
01:16 Play $1.70
12
12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 9 in D Minor

12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 9 in D Minor

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
03:14 Play $1.70
13
12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 11 in E Minor

12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 11 in E Minor

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
03:07 Play $1.70
14
12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 12 in A Major

12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 12 in A Major

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
04:38 Play $1.70
15
Guitar Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 14 "Gran Solo"

Guitar Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 14 "Gran Solo"

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist William Carter
10:44 Play $5.10
16
Theme Varie suivi d'un Menuet, Op. 3: Menuetto in G Major

Theme Varie suivi d'un Menuet, Op. 3: Menuetto in G Major

Composer Fernando Sor
Soloist

William Carter

02:34 Play $1.70
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World-renowned Baroque guitarist William Carter presents an appealing collection of early works by Spanish guitar virtuoso and composer Fernando Sor. 
Download includes - cover art, inlay, booklet

Gramophone Editor's Choice
'Editor's Choice'
Gramophone
May 2010

 


Blue Moon Award
Blue Moon Award
6moons.com

 

 


BBC Radio 3
As heard on BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'

 

 

Guitar fans will be intrigued by Fernando Sor: Early Works, the third solo album from the world-renowned guitarist, William Carter. This recording presents a unique performance of a delightful collection of early works by the Spanish guitar virtuoso and composer, Fernando Sor.

Fernando Sor: Early Works sees Carter explore the performance practice the composer employed - using his finger pads rather than finger nails - and offers the premiere recording of Sor's music played in this style. Sor's works are often played using the nails as this enables louder and faster finger work which delivers a more 'virtuosic' performance. William comments: 'Recording Sor's solo guitar music without fingernails was at first a fairly daunting prospect - probably why it hasn't been attempted until now. The sensation of playing without fingernails has been compared to trying to eat steak without teeth. My first attempts didn't go too well, but with a bit of time and perseverance I found a key: precision of attack and a clear mental idea of the sound required, rather than strength.'

In this recording the use of finger pads allows more dynamic contrast thus allowing the tune to really sing: the sound is softer and more subtle. 'I really like the warmer vocal quality that fingertips give' states Carter 'and this was evidently important to Sor as well - he likened the sound of fingernails to that of the harpsichord, and fingertips to that of the piano.' 

The perceptive and comprehensive booklet notes, written by the performer, offer insight into the composer and his works and also discuss the performance concerns of a modern guitarist.  

View the booklet in full here

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