Santiago de Murcia - William Carter - Musical Pointers.co.uk

A lovely, gentle sequence of guitar music from one of the few Spanish Baroque composers whose notated music has come down to us.

William Carter has explored performance practice on the baroque guitar. His instrument is mellow, and the whole disc ideal for late night listening. On the other hand, it is fully documented based on Carter's researches into "more and more obscure nooks and crannies of early music" for his instrument. Although the baroque guitar is small, "fragile and limited" - with a compass of two octaves only - he has found it rewarding to explore its "wealth of colour and nuance" in the music of Santiago de Murcia (1682-1732) and there could be no better guide than Carter.

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21 May 2007