Andres Segovia Archive: Spanish Composers
Roberto Moronn Pérez
A SUPERB NEW CLASSICAL GUITAR RECORDING
The genesis for this unique project is a collection of pieces recovered in May 2001 at Segovia’s home in Spain. These pieces were dedicated to Segovia or commissioned by him, involving composers from eight countries. They were subsequently published as “The Segovia Archive Series” by Edizione Musicale Bèrben.
Guitarist Roberto Moronn Pérez researched these newly recovered works and found some pieces that had never been recorded, and those that had were handicapped by poor visibility in the marketplace and limited distribution. This realization sparked the thought that here was an opportunity: a series of recordings organized around the nationalities of the composers in the Segovia Archive. The Spanish composers recorded here are the first in the series,to be followed soon by an album of the French composers.
Spanish-born Roberto Moronn Pérez studied in Madrid, Italy and the UK, graduating with first-class honours and a degree in Musicology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He completed a postgraduate program at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London,where he received the Julian Bream Prize and was selected to participate at the Wigmore Hall Award. A prize-winner of many international competitions, Roberto has appeared as soloist in Spain, Switzerland, Italy, the USA, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Germany and Japan, and in concert with numerous Spanish orchestras. Recently, he played the famous Concierto de Aranjuez with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
This new album was recorded in the lovely acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, Weston, Hertfordshire, U.K. It was produced, recorded and edited by the outstanding U.K. engineer John Taylor. Mastering is by Reference Recordings’ own Grammy®-winning engineer Keith O. Johnson.
“The recording is excellent and allows the listener to lean into Perez’s quiet artistry: following his unfurling guitar lines and the sinuous melodic turns and glowing lyricism of these compositions.” —Nelson Brill, Boston Concert Reviews
“Using his fingers as a painter manipulates colors, he (Roberto Moronn Pérez) creates an infinite spectrum of sound…” —Jean-Fraçois Sanchez, Tutti
“Andrés Segovia is regarded as the savior of the classical guitar and its literature…Spanish-born Perez is an accomplished guitarist…outstanding recording…” —John Sunier, Audiophile Audition
“The music is simply magnificent…Perez is a fine, fine player who hand-picked these pieces himself, either because they were so rare or had limited visibility. His shadings are loving, his phrasings delicate yet also brimming with intensity when they need to. …this thought-provoking, expertly played tribute to a great artist is both touching and unexpected. Wholeheartedly recommended.” — Brian Wigman, Classical Net