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Image caption: Peabody faculty artist Manuel Barrueco in Tonar Music's recording studio, which doubles as his wine cellar. By Dale Keiger. Manuel Barrueco concedes there was a time when greater acceptance of the guitar by classical-music programmers was an important motivation for him.
In his hands and the hands of his peer performers, the guitar was a beautiful instrument too often neglected or ignored by symphony music directors and classical-music venues. He wanted to elevate it to what he considered its rightful status. I want to show some of the best of what the guitar has to offer. A Peabody Conservatory faculty member and one of the world's premier classical guitarists, Barrueco has been demonstrating what the guitar offers at an exhausting pace.
Russia, Poland, Spain, and Germany are already on his concert schedule in , and whenever he is back in Baltimore, he puts in long days teaching his students at Peabody. As its title indicates, the new recording presents a recital of 18th-century compositions, including J.
Bach's Cello Suite No. It culminates with Bach's profound Chaconne, the oft-performed final movement of his work for violin, Partita in D Minor. Barrueco first played a guitar transcription of the piece when he was 12 years old, and had recorded it before. But when he played it again after his parents died within a year of each other three years ago, he was deeply moved by how the music seemed to speak so much of what he was feeling—not only the sorrow and loss but the profound questions that the death of loved ones prompts.
Bach wrote the piece after the death of his first wife, Maria Barbara, and when Barrueco played it after the passing of his parents, he says, "there was this feeling of something being yanked out of you. It was as though it was inviting me to do so.
Once he decided to record the piece again, Barrueco selected other baroque compositions he felt were well-suited to displaying the guitar's virtues. He recorded the disc in Tonar's studio, which doubles as the wine cellar in the basement of his house north of Baltimore. Tonar Music grew out of some advice given to Barrueco by a producer at EMI, which was the guitarist's record label at the time. Start recording yourself, the producer said, because the mainstream record industry is falling apart fast and classical musicians might soon need alternatives.
Tonar issued its first release in , and is a homegrown company in every respect. Barrueco's longtime partner, Asgerdur Sigurdardottir, produces and engineers the recordings, and his daughter, Anna Barrueco Wong, edits the liner notes. The CDs can be purchased online from the website maintained by Sigurdardottir, who is Tonar's president, and orders ship from the house.
Meanwhile, Barrueco will continue his campaign for appreciation of the beauty of his instrument. Listen to it! Classic guitarist Manuel Barrueco content making beautiful music Peabody faculty artist tours the world, records in his basement.
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This is Manuel Barrueco's transcription of the "Sonata No. This edition includes a score 42 pages and three guitar parts 16 pages each. International copyright secured. All rights reserved.
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