‘From the nightmarish Erlkönig to the colourful Cuentos de la juventud and the touchingly poetic Children’s Corner, I conceived this album as an ode to childhood, to tenderness, to life. It represents years of hard work and my humble but heartfelt contribution to the long tradition of guitar transcription.
The childlike qualities embodied in the music fit particularly well with the intimate and warm sounds of the guitar. This recording, so expertly supported by Norbert Kraft’s stellar production, is a dream come true and I could not be happier with the result. Welcome to the beautiful world of childhood!’
– Johan Smith
Multi-award-winning guitarist Johan Smith has considerably extended his instrument’s repertoire with this selection of transcriptions celebrating childhood in a variety of ways. These popular piano works – Schubert’s Erlkönig, Granados’s atmospheric Tales of Youth, Mozart’s elegant Sonata facile, Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood and the exquisitely sensitive and insightful miniatures of Debussy’s Children’s Corner – are presented in a totally natural and idiomatic manner within the guitar’s distinctly expressive soundworld.