Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Andres Villamil Plays Guitar Music From Colombia: Chicaquicha

Like most Latin American countries, Colombia has a long tradition of guitar music. There are folk ensembles and, as guitarist Andres Villamil shows so vividly, a body of solo classical guitar pieces of great beauty and character.

Villamil's Chicaquicha (Oehms Classics 778) includes representative works for solo guitar by eight Colombian composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, from Jaime Romero to Villamil himself.

The pieces have genuine appeal and Andres Villamil is a player of consummate style and dash. The recording sounds great too.

Throughout there is a lyrical bent as well as gentle suggestions of the dance. It's the kind of composing and performing that brings out the beauty and expressiveness of both the idiom and the instrument.

This is an auspicious debut for Mr. Villamil. May this be the beginning of a fruitful career.

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