Four Great Classical Guitar Performances

J.S. Bach

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J.S. Bach
J.S. Bach

Of all the guitarists and genres we give attention to it seems the world of classical guitar gets left in the dust a lot.

Anyone that’s done comparisons between any of my articles could easily see a theme. So to add a breath of fresh air to the site have some classical music played on the classical guitar.

Now all of you blues and rock guitarists might be asking yourselves “why in Sam Hill are they doing this?” Well because I like pretending I’m a man of class.

I put the class back in classical.

Batter up.  We’ve got Bach’s French Suite Number 3 – Menuet.

Ok, so that’s actually baroque, but most people bundle it in the classical genre all the same despite the blatant differences.  I like Bach.  He was a man that could get things done.  Why the French Suite?  Because it’s saturated in that baroque feel and dammit, classical enthusiasts shouldn’t be the only ones versed in Bach’s works beyond Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.

Performed by Nicolo Renna and Davide Velardi.  Never heard of them, but they can play and that’s good enough for me.

Second in line is Mozart’s Lacrimosa.

Lacrimosa is part of Mozart’s unfortunately unfinished Requiem.  I don’t think the world could praise Mozart enough for his brilliance.  I’ll go ahead and put my neck on the chopping block and proclaim he was the greatest composer ever.  I’m pretty sure history will forever record Mozart as the only person to have ever composed a piece on the way to the performance.  What we should be doing is investing in a technological advancement to resurrect Mozart.  Why Lacrimosa?  Why not?

Performed by some dude.  He has a link there to buy his arrangement for $10.  You know.  In case you feel like making a blood sacrifice for something that’s public domain.

Next in line is Beethoven’s Sonata Number 8 – Pathetique.

Beethoven is pretty much my favorite composer.  My dad and I infrequently indulge in friendly debates over Beethoven which usually involve broken bottles and stun guns, but in the end I’m the one with the web site so Beethoven is the best composer ever.  See that?  It’s in writing now.  It’s a fact.  Why Pathetique?  Because as much as I love Moonlight there are enough guitar arrangements out there.

Performed by Kenny Chan.  Look at those needle like fingers.  He could put an eye out with those.

And finishing this off is Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody.

I’m pretty sure Liszt wasn’t part of the human race.  Frequently his writing would delve into territories of complexity just out of the curiosity if anyone other than him could ever play it.  Why Liszt?  Finding a pianist even willing to give Liszt a shot isn’t as simple as slapping a wanted ad in the music shop down the road.  To find people willing to arrange his music for guitars like this and pull it off is unprecedented.  And awesome.

I also get random, weird thoughts while watching this.  Like all four of these guys have practiced for this performance.  What if one of them just decided to start playing polka out of nowhere?  It would ruin everything in possibly the most hysterical way imaginable.

But I digress.  Performed by John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant of the Los Angelas Guitar Quartet.

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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