Classical Guitar — Summer Listening List

This list was crafted by a gifted young guitarist from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as I asked for some insight into the incredible Paraguayan guitarist Agustin Barrios.

Here is the lovely Ana Vidovic performing “La Catedral” from Agustin Barrios:

  • Preludio Saudade.
  • Andante Religioso.
  • Allegro Solemne.


Our summer 2011 classical guitar listening list:

Music of Spain by Julian Bream (or anything by Julian Bream)

The Guitarist by John Williams

The Seville Concert—John Williams

From the Jungles of Paraguay—John Williams Plays Barrios

Manuel Barrueco Plays Albeniz and Turina

300 Years of Guitar Masterpieces—Manuel Barrueco

David Russell Plays Baroque Music

Aire Latino by David Russell

Sérgio & Odair Assad Play Piazzolla

Alma Brasileira by Sergio & Odair Assad

Dreams of a World—Sharon Isbin

Road to the Sun—Sharon Isbin

Sharon Isbin has a wonderful Website with song samples and videos, including this one of her performing Augstin Barrios Mangore’s “Walt Opus 8 #4” in 2002.

Declare Independence

This is a cool, trippy, Orwellian or Brazil-like music video from Bjork I saw on Cindy B’s Pownce site.  I first heard Bjork in my musical depths of college at Chico, where I loved Bob Marley, Bauhaus, Sister’s of Mercy, U2, Cure, Mazzy Star, Clash, Circle Jerks, This Mortal Coil, Pixies, NWA, Public Enemy, P-Funk, Digital Underground, PIL… and yes, even The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd.