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A millennium of guitars 



Spain and the guitar are inseparable. They are inseparable for reasons that are inexplicable, no matter how hard we try to invent theories. The guitar and its ancestors have always been there, not just in the time of living memory, but far beyond. Music specifically composed for the guitar and notated for it goes back some five hundred years, but evidence is preserved to show their presence in Spanish culture for at least another five centuries.


This recording achieves the impossible, a millennium of guitars in the hands of one guitarist: a feat of virtuosity never previously attempted and never previously accomplished. This is the product of an incredible endeavour that has been the life’s work of José Luis Pastor. On this recording we hear not only the guitars of contemporary Spain—classical, flamenco and electric—but also of the past, with names that are increasingly remote the further back they are traced.


In perfect harmony with the project is the place chosen for the recording, La Gruta de las Maravillas. The stalactites and stalagmites of this cave, witnesses of the evolution of Time, now house the sounds of ten centuries of guitar, impregnated by drops of water, which as guests of honor in each piece, can be heard, as if they were simply another part of its history.


1. Vihuela de péñola

Non orphanum et gaudebit. Códice Las Huelgas. S. XIV (3:59)

2. Vihuela de rueda

Ai ondas. Cantiga de amigo de Martín Códax. S. XIII (3:02)

3. Cítola

Cantiga de Santa María nº 42. Alfonso X El Sabio. S. XIII (3:37)

4. Guitarra medieval

Maríam Matrem Vírginem. Libre vermell de Monserrat. S. XIV (3:25)

5. Guitarra renacentista

Pavana y glosas. Alonso Mudarra. (c.1510-1580) (6:22)

6. Vihuela de mano

Romanesca o Guárdame las vacas. Luys de Narváez. (1500-1552) (3:33)

7. Guitarra barroca

Canarios. Gaspar Sanz. (1640-1710) (5:01)

8. Guitarra romántica

Var. su un tema di Händel, Op. 107. Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829) (8:27)

9. Guitarra clásica

Asturias (Leyenda). Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909) (6:53)

10. Guitarra flamenca

Tarantas. Tradición flamenca. José Luis Pastor (1967-) (3:44)

11. Guitarra acústica

El sitio de mi recreo. Antonio Vega (1957-2009) (3:06)

12. Guitarra eléctrica

ATRÁM (Invocación & danza). José Luis Pastor (1967-) (4:23)



Item#: CR202203

Barcode: 8435383690968
Artists: José Luis Pasto
Label: Contrastes Records
Genre: Classical

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