The Miklós Rózsa Collection

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The Miklós Rózsa Collection: Music for Guitar by Miklós Rózsa arranged by Gregg Nestor


BSX Records/BSX8845/2008


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Few things encourage artistic rediscovery so
much as a change in perspective. The music of
Miklós Rózsa represented on this disc has
endured in the memory of both film-goers and music
lovers, its popularity confirmed by time; but in
adapting these pieces for two guitars, in arrangements
based faithfully on the composer’s original scores,
guitarist and arranger Gregg Nestor encourages us to
both renew and rethink some old acquaintances.

“Andres Segovia used to say that one is able to capture
all the different fragrances of the orchestra on guitar,
but viewed in a bottle, in miniaturized form,” observes
Nestor. “A guitarist can produce tone-color changes
on the strings; he can imitate qualities of a particular
instrument. The challenge of these arrangements was
to bring forward the most important elements from
their orchestral guise. The guitar, being a plucked
instrument, can expose individual voices, voices you
might not have heard before, and make them very
clear and distinct. It focuses the basic substance and
can highlight the structure of the music.”

According to Gregg Nestor, the music of Hungarian-born
composer Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995) is
especially suited for guitar adaptation, “because you
hear someone who is always thinking orchestrally. His
musical lines are not static; the canonic imitation and
contrapuntal voices lie very well for guitar.”


Kaleidoscope, Op.19c (1946)

1. March
2. Zingara
3. Musette
4. Berceuse
5. Chinese Carillon
6. Burlesque

Sonata for Guitar, Op.42 (1986)

7. Moderato
8. Molto Moderato, quasi Canzone
9. Allegro Frenetico

El Cid (1961)

10. Overture
11. Love Theme
12. That Hamilton Woman (1941) – Lady Hamilton Love Theme
13. Young Bess (1953) – The King’s Diary and Finances
14. Madame Bovary (1949) – Le Passepied de Vaubiessard
15. A Woman’s Vengeance (1948) – The Boat House Waltz
16. Providence (1977) – Valse Crepusculaire
17. Blood on the Sun (1945) – The Tokyo Tea Room Waltz
18. Green Fire (1954) – Theme
19. Moonfleet (1955) – Bourree
20. Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957) – The Happy Idiot Waltz
21. Lydia (1941) – Suite
22. Crisis (1950) – Suite


William Kanengiser, Raymond Burley, Gregg Nestor, Guitars
Francisco Castillo, Oboe
Carole Kleister-Castillo, Violin


Executive Producers for BSX Records: Ford A. Thaxton and Mark Banning
Produced by Gregg Nestor
Guitar arrangements by Gregg Nestor
Recorded at Penguin Recording, Eagle Rock, CA
Engineer: John Strother
Digitally Edited and Mastered by James Nelson at Digital Outland
CD Art Direction: Mark Banning
Mr. Nestor’s Guitars by Martin Fleeson, 1981 and Jose Ramirez, 1984
Mr. Kanengiser’s Guitar by Miguel Rodriguez, 1977