GRAMMY-award winning classical guitarist David Russell takes listeners on a captivating journey back to the Renaissance period with Renaissance Favorites for Guitar. The release marks Russell's eleventh recording for Telarc and his first comprehensive study of the Renaissance era.
"One of the most significant musical developments of the Renaissance was the evolution of idiomatic instrumental styles and a technical language sufficiently sophisticated to sway the emotions without a sung text," according to Richard Rodda, author of the recording's liner notes. "English, Italian, and Spanish composers in the decades around 1600 created an especially rich repertory of works for lute and guitar, instruments highly prized both for cultivated social use and at court. This recital by David Russell captures the spirit of that great age of music through some of its most enduring compositions."
The recording includes pieces by familiar as well as lesser known composers from the Renaissance era. From the canon of John Dowland, Russell performs "Come Away (Come Again)," "Go From My Window" and "Fantasia," as well as Dowland's lesser-known "Semper Dowland Semper Dolens," "Piper's Pavan" and "Lady Hunsdon's Puffe." Other works include Francesco Canova de Milano's "Fantasia XIII, VI and XX," William Byrd's "The Woods So Wild," Pietro Paolo Borrono's "Peschatore che va cantando" and Joan Ambrosio Dalza's "Piva."
David Russell is heralded worldwide for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. In recognition of his great talent and his international acclaim, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997. Most recently, Russell received an homage from the music conservatory of Vigo, culminating with the opening of the new Auditorium, to which they gave the name "Auditorio David Russell." Upon winning a GRAMMY Award in the U.S. for his 2004 Telarc release, Aire Latino (Best Instrumental Soloist in Classical Music), Russell received the silver medal of Nigàan from the town in Spain where he resides.
For an incredible collection of Renaissance music, take note of David Russell's Renaissance Favorites for Guitar.