Here’s some guitar music by Pablo Villegas for you to listen with Spotify.
The soul of the spanish guitar was born and raised in La Rioja, Spain. He says “Music is a social tool, and opening people’s hearts, and helping them connect to the inner life of the emotions, is my mission.”
Americano by Pablo Villegas (2015) – 18 songs, 57 min
Here is my playlist of his songs.
Pablo Villega (Playlist) – 32 songs, 1 hr 58 min
Here are his other studio albums.
Histoire du Tango (2013) with Augustin Hadelich – 15 songs, 1 hr 3 min
Guitar Recital: Pablo Sainz Villegas (2011) – 11 songs, 44 min
Here are some videos, and this is some background about the first three.
The Concierto de Aranjuez is a composition for classical guitar and orchestra written in 1939 by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, which was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez. The Royal Palace of Aranjuez in Madrid is a residence of the King of Spain and is open to the public as one of the Spanish royal sites.
The spring resort palace and gardens were built by Philip II in the last half of the 16th century and rebuilt in the middle of the 18th century by Ferdinand VI. The work attempts to transport the listener to another place and time through the evocation of the sounds of nature.
According to the composer, the first movement is “animated by a rhythmic spirit and vigour without either of the two themes… interrupting its relentless pace”; the second movement “represents a dialogue between guitar and solo instruments (cor anglais, bassoon, oboe, horn etc.)”; and the last movement “recalls a courtly dance in which the combination of double and triple time maintains a taut tempo right to the closing bar.” He described the concerto itself as capturing “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains” in the gardens of Aranjuez.
Concierto de Aranjuez – I. Allegro Live with Radio and Television Orchestra of Spain at Teatro Monumental in Madrid (2015) – 6 min 36 sec
Concierto de Aranjuez – II. Adagio Live with Radio and Television Orchestra of Spain at Teatro Monumental in Madrid (2015) – 12 min 38 sec
Concierto de Aranjuez – III. Allegro gentile Live with Radio and Television Orchestra of Spain at Teatro Monumental in Madrid (2015) – 6 min 2 sec
Gran Jota de Concerto – Tárrega Live with Radio and Television Orchestra of Spain at Teatro Monumental in Madrid (2015) – 6 min 0 sec
Recuerdos de la Alhambra – Tárrega” at Kimmel Center, Philadelphia (2013) – 5 min 41 sec
Tango en Skaï (by Roland Dynes)” at Kimmel Center, Philadelphia (2013) – 3 min 46 sec
Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto at Kimmel Center with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (2013) – 20 min 48 sec
Prelude No. 1 (Villa-Lobos) on WQXR Cafe Concerts (2015) – 5 min 24 sec
Americano – A Journey through the Music of the Americas (2015) – 2 min 25 sec
The Music Without Borders Legacy (2014) – 6 min 12 sec
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Photo credit: Americano @ Amazon (album cover).