1 Vals Op.8 No.4 Agustín Barrios Mangoré
2 Tango en Skaï Roland Dyens
3 Sevilla (Sevillanas) Isaac Albéniz
4 Granada (Serenata) Isaac Albéniz
5 Asturias (Leyenda) Isaac Albéniz
6 Préulde No.1 in E minor Heitor Villa-Lobos
7 Tango Isaac Albéniz
8 Cavatina from The Deer Hunter Stanley Myers
9 Canción de cuna (Berceuse) Leo Brouwer
10 Ojos Brujos Leo Brouwer
11 Recuerdos de la Alhambra Francisco Tárrega
12 Capricho árabe Francisco Tárrega
13 Adiós Nonino Astor Piazzolla
14 Spanish Dance No.5 Enrique Granados
15 Here, There and Everywhere Lennon / McCartney
16 Georgia On My Mind Hoagy Carmichael
17 Summertime George Gershwin
Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 14 arranged by Jacob Cordover
Track 13 arranged by Máximo Diego Pujol
Track 15 arranged by Toru Takemitsu
Track 16 arranged by Börge Sandquist
Track 17 arranged by Ebe Ken-ichi
This is Jacob's third collaboration with Cala Records and the album is also available through Cala's website.
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What the Press Says:
"I first encountered Mr Cordover in his release Blackwattle Caprices (J/F 2014). I was deeply impressed. He has it all—technique, musicianship, inventive programming. In this release he confirms that impression.
This program is different. The selections are mostly familiar works from the Segovia repertory—the very pieces that first caused him (and me) to fall in love with the guitar. There’s always a risk in such a program. Do we really need another ‘Asturias’ or ‘Recuerdos’? Does he have anything different to say that we haven’t heard before?
The answer, I’m happy to say, is yes. Nothing is dramatically reinterpreted in a selfindulgent fashion, but nothing sounds just like it always does. More or less consistently, the performances are slower—not because he lacks the technique (he doesn’t) but because he wants to allow more time for the music to emerge. That means that Barrios isn’t rushed, and the Dyens can catch the spirit of the tango without seeming eccentrically nervous.
The center section of the Villa-Lobos prelude is clear and precise—that passage that most guitarists just strum is played as written, as a clear arpeggio. Most delightfully, he starts ‘Asturias’ pianissimo and builds a steady crescendo to the biggest chords. That’s how Alicia de Larrocha does it on piano, to a glorious effect, but this is the first time I’ve heard a guitarist even try. He does his own transcriptions of the Albeniz and Granados—again, nothing radically different, and closer to Tarrega than Barrueco. But there are a few special touches, especially octave displacement, that brought a smile to my face.
Even if you already have these pieces in other performances, Cordover’s have such a distinct and attractive personality that it will be worth finding.
- American Record Guide (Nov/Dec 2016)
Expresivo is also available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon and Cala Records
Recorded by John Taylor at St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, UK: 31 January - 3 February 2016.