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ANDRES SEGOVIA

Andrés Segovia, was born in Linares, Jaén, in the region Andalusia, on 21 February 1893. From early childhood he was deeply responsive to the sound of the guitar, an instrument which was part of everyday life in southern Spain. He moved to Granada where he acquired his first guitar when he was ten. Despite the absence of any competent teachers, Segovia soon gained a prodigious mastery of the instrument and discovered the existence of many fine guitar compositions surpassing the limitations of Andalusia’s folkloric guitar styles.

By 1909 Segovia gave his first public performance at the Centro Artístico in Granada. Concerts in Cordoba and Seville followed and he later went to Madrid where in 1912 he gave a recital at the Ateneo and was presented with a concert guitar of superlative quality by the luthier, Manuel Ramírez. Segovia’s first international tour was to South America in the early 1920s while his European reputation was established by a resoundingly successful concert in Paris in 1924 attended by many distinguished musicians.

From this period of his life onwards Segovia not only enriched the range of the guitar repertoire by transcribing and performing works by great composers of the past, but also persuaded his contemporaries to write new pieces. Composers such as Moreno Torroba, Turina and Manén (Spain), Ponce (Mexico), Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Italy), Villa-Lobos (Brazil), Roussel (France), and Tansman (Poland), wrote significant compositions for him during this crucial period of his early concert career. Following the Second World War, other composers contributed to his musical treasury including Rodrigo, Mompou and Asencio (Spain), Duarte (England), and Haug (Switzerland), among others. Since Segovia’s death, further works by a variety of composers such as Vicente Arregui, Lennox Berkeley, Henri Collet, Cyril Scott, Gaspar Cassadó, Raymond Petit and others have been discovered among his private papers.

Armed with an expanding repertoire, Segovia’s international esteem rapidly increased, especially after his initial commercial recordings in 1927. In 1926 he performed in Russia and Britain, in 1927 in Scandinavia, in 1928 came his first tour of the United States, and in 1929 Segovia made his début in Japan. From then on Segovia’s guitar was heard in almost every country in the world. He continued touring until the age of 94, his last concert taking place in Miami, Florida on 4 April 1987. Andrés Segovia died at his home in Madrid two months later on 2 June 1987.


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
CASSADO, G.: Guitar Concerto / BACH, J.S.: Cello Suite No. 3 (arr. for guitar) (Segovia, Symphony of the Air, Jorda) (1961) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81170
Concertos, Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Segovia, Andres - CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / FRESCOBALDI, G.A. / WEISS, S.L. / SEGOVIA, A. / DONOSTIA, J.A. / DEBUSSY, C. (1962) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81177
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Segovia, Andres - MILAN, L. / VISEE, R. de / FROBERGER, J.J. / HAYDN, J. / ALBENIZ, I. / SANZ, G. / SCARLATTI, D. (1961) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81169
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Segovia, Andres - MURCIA, S. de / SOR, F. / RODRIGO, J. / RONCALLI, L. / GRANADOS, E. (3 Centuries of the Guitar) (1958) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81133
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Segovia, Andres - PONCE, M.M. / MORENO TORROBA, F. / ESPLA, O. / ROUSSEL, A. / SEGOVIA, A. / TANSMAN, A. / GRANADOS, E. (1958) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81151
Chamber Music, Instrumental
PONCE, M.: Concierto del sur / RODRIGO, J.: Fantasia para un gentilhombre (Segovia, Symphony of the Air, Jorda) (1958) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80916
Concertos, Orchestral
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1944 American Recordings (The) (Segovia, Vol. 1) Naxos Historical
8.111087
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1946 New York and the 1949 London Recordings (The) (Segovia, Vol. 2) Naxos Historical
8.111088
Instrumental, Concertos, Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 1 (Segovia, Vol. 3) Naxos Historical
8.111089
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 2 (Segovia, Vol. 4) Naxos Historical
8.111090
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 3 (Segovia, Vol. 5) Naxos Historical
8.111091
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 4 (Segovia, Vol. 6) Naxos Historical
8.111092
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 5 (Segovia, Vol. 7) Naxos Historical
8.111313
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 6 (Segovia, Vol. 8) Naxos Historical
8.111314
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: In Portrait (NTSC) Christopher Nupen Film
A15CND
Classical Documentary

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 

Role: Arranger 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Cavatina - Highlights from the Guitar Collection Naxos
8.554400
Instrumental
FAVOURITE GUITAR MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-233
Instrumental
Guitar Music - MILAN, L. / MUDARRA, A. / NARVAEZ, L. / SANZ, G. / MURCIA, S. / AGUADO, D. / ALBENIZ, I. (The Spanish Guitar) (Segre) Delos
DE3347
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Segovia, Andres - CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / FRESCOBALDI, G.A. / WEISS, S.L. / SEGOVIA, A. / DONOSTIA, J.A. / DEBUSSY, C. (1962) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81177
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Segovia, Andres - MILAN, L. / VISEE, R. de / FROBERGER, J.J. / HAYDN, J. / ALBENIZ, I. / SANZ, G. / SCARLATTI, D. (1961) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81169
Instrumental
Lute Recital: McFarlane, Ronn – ATTAINGNANT, P. / LE ROY, A. / BYRD, W. / CUTTING, F. / JUDENKUNIG, H. / NEWSIDLER, H. (The Renaissance Lute) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90186
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1944 American Recordings (The) (Segovia, Vol. 1) Naxos Historical
8.111087
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1946 New York and the 1949 London Recordings (The) (Segovia, Vol. 2) Naxos Historical
8.111088
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 1 (Segovia, Vol. 3) Naxos Historical
8.111089
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 2 (Segovia, Vol. 4) Naxos Historical
8.111090
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 3 (Segovia, Vol. 5) Naxos Historical
8.111091
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 4 (Segovia, Vol. 6) Naxos Historical
8.111092
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 6 (Segovia, Vol. 8) Naxos Historical
8.111314
Instrumental





 
 
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