Sarabande

Sarabande

 

 

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Favorite Popular and Classical Tunes arranged for Classical Guitar

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BSX Records/2009

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Customer Review: A Great Album by Gregg Nestor
The selections chosen, arranged and recorded by here for the first time bridge the gap between the world of the classic guitar and that of the popular world and Broadway. These highly virtuosic and at times whimsical arrangements provide a kaleidoscopic and unique look at these popular and favorite evergreens. This album has been arranged, performed and produced by Gregg Nestor.

Tracks

1. The Teddy Bear’s Picnic – John Bratton
2. Sarabande, Op. 40, No. 2 – Edvard Grieg
3. Country Gardens – Percy Grainger
4. Shepherd’s Hey – Percy Grainger
5. The March of Siamese Children – Richard Rodgers
6. Suite:Annie Get Your Gun – Irving Berlin
7. The Oceana Roll – Lucien Denni
8. Singin’ In The Rain – Nacio Herb Brown
9. Make ‘Em Laugh – Nacio Herb Brown
10. Send In The Clowns – Stephen Sondheim
11. Suite: The Music Man – Meredith Willson
Tracks 3,4 arranged for two guitars – second guitar part played by Gregg Nestor

Credits

Album Produced by Gregg Nestor
All Arrangements by Gregg Nestor

Latin American Serenade

Latin American Serenade

 

 

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A Selection of Enjoyable Latin American Guitar Music

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BSX Records/BSXCD 8877/2010

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The guitar music of Latin America is as rich and varied as the influences that have inspired it. Latin history is interwoven with the beauty and nuance of two predominant languages – Spanish and Portuguese – as well as hundreds of regional cultures that have provided both its artistic variety and vitality. Nowhere is this more manifest than in its music.
Gregg Nestor takes us on a musical journey to a number of Latin American points of interest, amply demonstrating why this repertoire is a treasure for classical guitarists.

Tracks

1. Aruanda (arr. Paulinho Nogueira / Luis Zea) – Carlos Lyra
2. Canto du Osanha (arr. Luis Zea) – Baden Powell
3. Natalia – Antonio Lauro
4. Three Venezuelan Waltzes: (El Negrito) – Antonio Lauro
5. Three Venezuelan Waltzes: (La Gatica) – Antonio Lauro
6. Three Venezuelan Waltzes: (La Petronila) – Antonio Lauro
7. Estrellita (arr. Gregg Nestor) – Manuel Ponce
8. Juliana – Antonio Lauro
9. Variations on Venezuelan Children’s Song – Antonio Lauro
10. Scherzino Mexicano – Manuel Ponce
11. Contrastes Brazilianos No. 1:(Delicioso) – Mario Gangi
12. Contrastes Brazilianos No. 2:(Panoramica) – Mario Gangi
13. Sons de Carilhoes – João Pernambuco
14. Braziliance (Choro) – Laurindo Almeida
15. Aire de Joropo – Benito Canonico
16. Venezuelan Waltz # 1: (Melancolia) – Rodrigo Riera
17. Venezuelan Waltz # 2: (Monotonia) – Rodrigo Riera
18. Venezuelan Waltz # 3: (Nostalgia) – Rodrigo Riera
19. Venezuelan Waltz # 4: (Nando Riera) – Rodrigo Riera
20. Three Venezuelan Pieces:(Aire Criollo) – Carlos Atilano
21. Three Venezuelan Pieces: (Cancion) – Carlos Atilano
22. Three Venezuelan Pieces: (Valse) – Carlos Atilano
23. El Vals de Gregorio (written for Gregg Nestor) – Carlos Atilano
24. Tríptico:(Angostura) – Antonio Lauro
25. Tríptico: (Madrugada) – Antonio Lauro
26. Tríptico: (La Negra) – Antonio Lauro
27. Maxixe – Agustin Barrios Mangore
28. El Marabino – Antonio Lauro
29. Seis Por Derecho – Antonio Lauro

Credits

Album Produced by Gregg Nestor
Recorded at Penguin Recording, Eagle Rock, CA
Between April and June, 1991
Engineer: John Strother
Digitally Mastered by Jonathan Marcus, Orpharion Recordings
CD Art Direction: Mark Banning
Mr. Nestor’s Guitar by Jose Ramirez, 1984

Classic Musicals for Harmonica and Guitar

Arrangements of Tunes from Famous Musicals by Gregg Nestor

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BSX Records/2010
Clear Note 74587/2012

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Tracks

1. SWANEE (1919) – George Gershwin

2. Suite: ‘ANNIE’ – Charles Strouse
Introduction – It’s A Hard Knock Life – You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile – N.Y.C.- Hooverville – Tomorrow

3. I’LL BUILD A STAIRWAY TO PARADISE (1922)

4. Suite: ‘FINIAN’S RAINBOW’ – Burton Lane
Introduction – Look To the Rainbow – How Are
Things in Glocca Morra? – Look To the Rainbow (Reprise) -
When I’m Not Near The Girl I Love – If This Isn’t Love -
Old Devil Moon – On That “Great-Come-And·Get-It’ Day

5. Suite: ‘PORGY AND BESS’ (1935) – George Gershwin
Introduction – Bess, You Is My Woman – Summertime -
It Ain’t Necessarily So

6. THEY ALL LAUGHED (1937) – George Gershwin

7. Suite: ‘SOUTH PACIFIC’ Bali Ha’i – Richard Rodgers
A Wonderful Guy – I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair – Bloody Mary -
Some Enchanted Evening – There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame

8. THE LORELEI (1933) George Gershwin

9. Suite: ‘GERSHWINIANA’ – George Gershwin
I Got Rhythm – Embraceable You – Of Thee I Sing – Bidin’ My Time -
Liza – Love Is Sweeping the Country

10. SHIPOOPI (1957) – Meredith Wilson

11. Suite: ‘OKLAHOMA!’
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ – The Farmer and The
Cowman – Pore Jud is Daid – Many a New Day -
The Surrey With the Fringe on Top – Kansas City -
People Will Say We’re in Love – Oklahoma!

12. SEND IN THE CLOWNS (1973) – Stephen Sondheim

13. Suite: ‘ANNIE GET YOUR GUN’ (1946) – Irving Berlin
Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly – I Got The Sun in The Morning -
Moonshine Lullaby – Who Do You Love, I Hope? – They Say It’s Wonderful -
There’s No Business Like Showbusiness

Credits

Tommy Morgan, Harmonica
Gregg Nestor, Guitar
Arrangements by Gregg Nestor

Classic Mancini

Classic Mancini

 

 

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The Classic Film Scores of Henry Mancini for Guitar Duo and Other Instruments

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Cambria Records/CD-1069/1991

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Henry Mancini gave his autobiography, published by Contemporary Books of Chicago in 1989, the title Did They Mention the Music? , voicing the anxiety common to all composers for motion pictures. For no matter the long experience and the success, composers in this genre always wonder if what has been written for the screen will be noticed enough for anyone to comment upon it. After all, the art of scoring is largely subliminal – the music is meant to be felt rather than heard. However, in the case of Henry Mancini, it is an anxiety that applies less to him than to anyone who has ever written music for the screen. Even people who hardly ever notice music in the movies notice Mancini – in fact his is probably the dominant name that comes to the mind of most people when asked to name a film composer. The reasons for Mancini’s immediate identity go far beyond his skill scoring films. What he has written has not only fulfilled the functions of scoring – the subtle process whereby a film is given another dramatic and emotional dimension – but so much of what he has produced has had a lasting appeal. He is a man gifted with that most sublime of musical gifts – melody, along with the ability to craft his creations so that they touch the listener in a direct manner.

Tracks

1. Who Is Killing The Great Chefs? – Henry Mancini
2. Dear Heart – Henry Mancini
3. Theme from “The Mollie Maguires” – Henry Mancini
4. Pennywhistle Jig – Henry Mancini
5. The Sweetheart Tree – Henry Mancini
6. Sunflower – Henry Mancini
7. Pie In The Face Polka – Henry Mancini
8. Theme For The Losers – Henry Mancini
9. Theme from “The Thorn Birds” – Henry Mancini
10. Meggies Theme (“Thorn Birds”) – Henry Mancini
11. Mancini Chases Mancini (Punch and Judy, Shades of Sennett, They’re Off)- Henry Mancini
12. The Glass Menagerie – Henry Mancini
13. Three By Mancini and Mercer (Days of Wine and Roses, Charade, Moon River) – Henry Mancini
14. Whistling Away the Dark – Henry Mancini
15. The Girl in No Man’s Land – Henry Mancini
16. Theme from “Lifeforce” – Henry Mancini
17. Yasmin – Henry Mancini
18. Suite: “The White Dawn” – Henry Mancini

Credits

Gregg Nestor and William Kanengiser, Guitars
Tracks 2,16 with Alex Iles, Trombone
Track 13 with Dennis Karmazyn, cello
Track 5 with David McKelvy, Harmonica
Tracks 9, 10 with Francisco Castillo, Oboe, English Horn
Track 12 with Robert Shulgold, Flute
All arrangements by Gregg Nestor
Cover Art and Layout Design: Mark Banning
Special thanks to Henry Mancini for direct access to his scores for this project and for his encouragement
Produced by Lance Bowling and Gregg Nestor
Recorded at Penguin Recording, Eagle Rock, CA
Engineer: John Strother
Digital Preparation by CMS Digital
Engineer: Robert Vosgien
Mr. Nestor’s Guitar by Manuel Ramirez, 1987 (courtesy of Jason Yoshida)
Mr. Kanengiser’s guitar by Miguel Rodriguez, 1977

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

 

 

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Premiere recordings of masterworks for guitar duo arranged by Gregg Nestor

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Cambria/CD-1193/1994

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The guitar duo tradition stretches back to the early nineteenth century when Fernando Sor wrote duets to perform with Dionisio Aguado. Other composer/performers of this period such as Mauro Giuliani and Fernando Carulli also published fine works for two guitars. In the twentieth century various distinguished duos established an international reputation, the most eminent being the Presti-Lagoya partnership who set new standards in both technique and interpretation.

The duo is a versatile medium capable of encompassing a more complex repertoire than a single guitar. In particular the duo lends itself to imaginative arrangements from a wide variety of sources, including the pianoforte and even orchestral scores. If, as Segovia maintained, the solo instrument is ‘a miniature orchestra in itself’, it could be argued that two guitars double the instrument’s tonal and interpretative resources. The music on this recording demonstrates the duo’s capacity to present a wide range of transcriptions with authority, sensitive musicianship, and virtuosity.

Tracks

1. March – Kaleidoscope,Op.19c – Miklós Rózsa
2. Zingara – Kaleidoscope,Op.19c – Miklós Rózsa
3. Musette – Kaleidoscope,Op.19c – Miklós Rózsa
4. Berceuse – Kaleidoscope,Op.19c – Miklós Rózsa
5. Chinese Carillon – Kaleidoscope,Op.19c – Miklós Rózsa
6. Burlesque – Kaleidoscope,Op.19c – Miklós Rózsa
7. Allegro moderato – Sonata (1922) – Francis Poulenc
8. Andante – Sonata (1922) – Francis Poulenc
9. Rondeau – Sonata (1922) – Francis Poulenc
10. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum – Claude Debussy
11. Berceuse des éléphants – Claude Debussy
12. Sérénade á la poupée – Claude Debussy
13. La neige danse – Claude Debussy
14. Le petit berger – Claude Debussy
15. Golliwog’s Cake Walk – Claude Debussy
16. Dawn – Celestial Suite,mvmt.2 – Toni Beaulieu
17. Nocturne (Clouds)- Celestial Suite, mvmt.4 – Toni Beaulieu
18. Adagio Cantabile – Introspections (1991) – Michael Deák
19. Chorale (Cantabile) – Introspections (1991) – Michael Deák
20. Allegro assai – Introspections (1991) – Michael Deák
21. Exaltación – Danzas Fantásticas, Op. 22 (1920) – Joaquin Turina
22. Ensueño – Danzas Fantásticas, Op. 22 (1920) – Joaquin Turina
23. Orgía- Danzas Fantásticas, Op. 22 (1920) – Joaquin Turina

Credits

Gregg Nestor and Raymond Burley, Guitars
Album Produced by Gregg Nestor
Guitar Duo Arrangements by Gregg Nestor
Recorded at Penguin Recording, Eagle Rock, CA April 5-17, 1994
Engineer: John Strother
Digitally Mastered by Jonathan Marcus, Orpharion Recordings
CD Art Direction: Mark Banning
Mr. Nestor’s Guitar by Martin Fleeson, 1981
Mr. Burley’s Guitar by Martin Fleeson, 1985
Cover Artwork by www.sandnames.com
Album Notes by Graham Wade

Venezuela Alegre

Venezuela Alegre

 

 

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The Music of Venezuelan Composer Carlos Atilano

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BSX Records/2010

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Tracks

Three Venezuelan Pieces
1. Aire Criollo
2. Cancion
3. Valse

Three Pieces for Guitar
5. El Vals de Alirio
6. Lamento (Bolero)
7. El Vals de Villaparedes

8. El Editor
9. Atardecer en Caracas

Triptico
10. En Cumana
11. Aguinaldo Caraqueno
12. El Vals de Gregorio

13. Golpe Tuyero

Suite de Antiguas Danzas
14. Prelude
15. Allemande
16. Courante
17. Sarabande
18. Minuet
19. Gigue

20. Como Llora una Estrella

Suite del Sur
21. Calido Sur
22. Querida Soledad
23. Mi Querida Andina
24. Milonga Giocosa

25. Entre tu Olvido

Tres Valses Venezolanos
26. Valse Ingenuo
27. Vals de Adam y Eva
28. El Vals de Vladislav

Venezuela Alegre
29. Don Alejandro
30. El Golpe de Las Muchachas
31. En tu lejania
32. Tonada y Pajarillo

Credits

Gregg Nestor, Guitar

Dancing On Air

Dancing on Air

 

 

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Masterworks for Guitar Based on Ethnic Folksong and Dance

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BSX Records/BSXCD 8879/1991

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The guitar has long been associated with folk music and composers over the centuries have been indebted to folk songs. One only has to think of Schubert, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Bartok, Dvorak, Vaughn Williams, Rodrigo, etc. to realise the extent of this umbilical relationship between so called “art” music and the folkloric. On this recording the two cultural streams, that of folk and the other of the concert hall, are juxtaposed, some of the pieces being straightforwardly “folk”, the rest examples of how contemporary composers have enthusiastically used the resources of their national heritage.

Tracks

HEBRAIC SUITE anon., arr. Gregg Nestor
1. The Rabbi Wants Us to be Merry
2. A Flame Is Burning
3. A Letter to Mother
4. Hassidic Dance
5. My Yiddische Momma
6. Inconsolable
7. Chave!

SUITE IN MODO POLONICO Alexandre Tansman
8. Branle (Entrée)
9. Gaillarde
10. Kujawiak (Mazurka Lente)
11. Tempo de Polonaise
12. Kolysanka No. 1
13. Mazurka
14. Reverie
15. Alla Polacca
16. Kolysanka No. 2
17. Oberek (Mazurka Vive)

18. GREENSLEEVES anon., arr. John Duarte

ENGLISH SUITE, Op. 31 John Duarte
19. Prelude
20. Folk Song
21. Round Dance

22. IRISH TUNE-THE LONDONDERRY AIR anon., arr. Gregg Nestor

SUITE PIEMONTESE, Op. 46 John Duarte
23. Pastorale
24. Canzona
25. La Danza

26. HABAÑERA Eduardo Sáinz de la Maza

27. VARIATIONS ON A CATALAN SONG, Op. 25 John Duarte
Theme – Resoluto – Molto lirico -
Vivo e con forza – Alla Sarabanda -
Con bravura – Con delicatezza – Finale

Credits

Album Produced by Gregg Nestor
Recorded at Penguin Recording, Eagle Rock, CA
Between July and September, 1991
Engineer: John Strother
Digitally Mastered by Jonathan Marcus, Orpharion Recordings
CD Art Direction: Mark Banning
Mr. Nestor’s Guitar by Jose Ramirez, 1984
Front Cover Drawing by Gary Friedman
Page Six and CD Label Drawing by Maria Auerova-Griesova

Cantares for Soprano and Guitar

Cantares for Soprano and Guitar

A Collection of Songs of Five Centuries

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TownHall Records/THCD-44/1996

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The richness of language–Spanish and its numerous dialects, as well as indigenous tongues–imbues Spanish and Latin American song literature with an infinite variety of melodic and rhythmic textures. This CD contains a fascinating collection of these songs.

Tracks

Four Sixteenth Century Songs
1. Porque es, dama,tanto quereros? Diego Pisador
2. Donde son estas serranas? Enrique de Valderrabano
3. Agora vienese un viento… Luis de Milán
4. Se te vas a bañar, Juanica… Diego Pisador (arr. by G.Tarrago)

No se emendera jamas
5. Aria (No se emenderá jamas) G.F.Handel**
6. Recitativo (No se emenderá jamas) G.F.Handel**
7. Aria (No se emenderá jamas) G.F.Handel**

Siete cantares
8. La indita (7 cantares) Roberto Gerhard
9. El toro (7 cantares) Roberto Gerhard
10. La auséncia (7 cantares) Roberto Gerhard
11. Un galán y su morena (7 cantares) Roberto Gerhard
12. La lobada (7 cantares) Roberto Gerhard
13. La muerte y la donzella (7 cantares) Roberto Gerhard
14. Reinas de la baraja (7 cantares) Roberto Gerhard

Seis poemas arcaicos
15. Más quiero morir… (6 poemas) Manuel M. Ponce*
16. Zagaleja del Casar… (6 poemas) Manuel M. Ponce*
17. De las sierras…(6 poemas) Manuel M. Ponce*
18. Sol,sol,gi,gi… (6 poemas) Manuel M. Ponce*
19. Desciende el valle, niña… (6 poemas) Manuel M. Ponce*
20. Tres morillas… (6 poemas) Manuel M. Ponce*
21. Estrellita Manuel M. Ponce*

Two Columbian Folksongs
22. Mis flores negras Miguel Sandoval*
23. Por un beso de tu boca Miguel Sandoval*

Cuatro canciones aztecas
24. No nantzin Salvador Moreno*
25. Ihcuac tlaneci… Salvador Moreno*
26. To ilhuicac tlahtzin Salvador Moreno*
27. To huey tlahtzin Cuauhtémoc Salvador Moreno*

* Arranged by Gregg Nestor
** Arranged by Raymond Burley

Credits

Recorded at The Place, NYC
Recording Engineer: Evan Richey
Executive Producer: Lincoln Mayorga
Produced by Gregg Nestor and Anna Bartos
Mastering: Gavin Lurssen, The Mastering Lab
Art Direction: Suzanne Hollander
Cover Design: Sean Hickey
Cover Photo: John Purick

Remembrances: A Spanish Journey

Remembrances: A Spanish Journey

Dedicated to the memory of Andres Segovia with gratitude

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BSX Records/BSXCD8878/2010

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Nowadays the classical guitar is truly international with performers and composers from around the world being involved in the development of its repertoire. Yet at the heart of the instrument’s appeal, Spanish music continues to fascinate players and public. In particular, the many pieces written for Andres Segovia by Iberian composers inspire a charismatic enchantment. Yet even beyond the orbit of Maestro Segovia’s creative presence, there is a hinterland of Spanish works equally imaginative and alluring.

Tracks

1. Sonata – Mateo Albéniz

SUITE: PLATERO Y YO – Eduardo Sáinz de la Maza
2. Platero
3. El Loco
4. La Azotea
5. Darbon
6. Paseo
7. La Tortuga
8. La Muerte
9. A Platero en Su Tierra

10. Nocturno – Federico Moreno Torroba
11. Fandanguillo – Joaquin Turina

HOMMAGE Á TARREGA – Joaquin Turina
12. Garrotin
13. Soleares

DOS MINIATURES – Maria Esteban da Valera
14. Nana
15. Intermezzo

16. FANTASIA – SONATA, Op. 22 – Joan Manén
Largo • Allegro • Adagio cantabile • Allegro assai • Doppio piú lento (Andante)

17. Mallorca (Barcarola), Op. 202 – Isaac Albéniz
18. Cordoba, Op. 232, No. 4 – Isaac Albéniz

Credits

Album produced by Gregg Nestor
Recorded at Penguin Recording, Eagle Rock, CA
between September and December, 1991
Engineer: John Strother
Digitally mastered by Jonathan Marcus, Orpharian Recordings
CD Art Direction by Mark Banning
Album Notes by Graham Wade
Mr. Nestor’s Guitar: Jose Ramirez, 1984

Magnificent Wedding Music

Magnificent Wedding Music

Magnificent Wedding Music arranged for guitar and orchestra by Dominik Hauser

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WeddingMusic.com/WMCD0109/2009

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These beautiful arrangements combine the full rich sound of a symphony orchestra with the embracing warmth of a classical guitar. One of Hollywood’s top music arrangers, Dominik Hauser, has collaborated with world renowned classical guitarist Gregg Nestor to produce these Wedding Masterpieces as you have never heard them before.

Tracks

Prelude Music
1. Meditation – from ‘Thais’ (Massenet)
2. Greensleeves (Traditional)
3. O Danny Boy (Traditional)
4. Estrellita (Ponce)

Processional Music
5. Largo – standard length (Vivaldi)
6. Largo – extended length (Vivaldi)
7. Air – from ‘Water Music’ (Handel)
8. Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
9. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
10. Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Bridal Entrance Music
11. Bridal Chorus (Wagner)
12. To a Wild Rose (MacDowell)

Interlude Music
13. Ave Maria (Schubert)
14. Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)

Recessional Music
15. Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
16. Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)

Credits

Arranged and orchestrated by Dominik Hauser
Guitar by Gregg Nestor
Mixed and mastered by Michael Aarvold
Photography by Tim Otto Photography
Calligraphy by A Queen’s Scribe Master Calligraphy