Fernando Sor: Early Works

Fernando Sor: Early Works

Fernando Sor: Early Works
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CKD 343
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Booklet available for download
  • 2 Theme Variées and 12 Menuets, Op.11: Minuet No. 6 in A Major
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    02:25
    $2.40
  • 2 Thème Variees and 12 Menuets, Op.11: Minuet No. 7 in A Minor
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    02:05
    $2.40
  • 2 Theme Variées and 12 Menuets, Op.11: Minuet No. 8 in A Major
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    02:40
    $2.40
  • Variations on O Cara Armonia from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Op. 9
    Composer(s) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    09:24
    $4.80
  • 8 Short Pieces, Op. 24: No. 1. Menuet in C Minor
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    02:58
    $2.40
  • 6 Short Pieces, Op. 5: No. 3. Menuet in C Major
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    01:25
    $2.40
  • 6 Short Pieces, Op. 5: No. 5. Andante Largo
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    07:40
    $4.80
  • 2 Theme Variees et 12 Minuets, Op. 11: Minuet No. 5 in D Major
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    02:14
    $2.40
  • 2 Theme Variees et 12 Minuets, Op. 11: Minuet No. 4 in D Major
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    03:06
    $2.40
  • 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 2 in A Major
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    01:29
    $2.40
  • 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 8 in C Major
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    01:16
    $2.40
  • 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 9 in D Minor
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    03:14
    $2.40
  • 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 11 in E Minor
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    03:07
    $2.40
  • 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 12 in A Major
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    04:38
    $2.40
  • Guitar Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 14 "Gran Solo"
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    10:44
    $7.20
  • Theme Varie suivi d'un Menuet, Op. 3: Menuetto in G Major
    Composer(s) Fernando Sor
    Artist(s) William Carter

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

    02:34
    $2.40

Total running time: 60 minutes.

Album information

World-renowned Baroque guitarist William Carter presents an appealing collection of early works by Spanish guitar virtuoso and composer Fernando Sor.

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.