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Classical Guitar review (L’album de Ceyzériat)

L’ALBUM DE CEYZERIAT for solo guitar by Sébastien Vachez

There’s no doubt about it, there has been quite a bit of thought behind the writing of these eleven pieces. Each one has something different and of value to offer, both musically and technically.

Take the first one for instance ; here is a work which would be ideally suited for the Grade 1 student wishing to explore the upper regions of the fingerboard in an easy fashion with a simple melody line.

Then there is the Homage à Baden, a work more suited to the Grade 2 student and a piece which has overtones of the style of the great Baden Powell having some very nice arpeggiated chord sequences in a latin-jazz flavouring.

Moving further along through the album we encounter a Grade 4-5 “creepy” work concerning monsters complete with tongue clicks, vocals, Bartok-pizzicato and strong dissonances.

This is followed by an attractive Brazilian-flavoured work before the book concludes with three pieces in the styles of Brouwer, ragtime and more South American with a delightfully rhythmic work which explores the length of the fingerboard, these final three pieces reaching the upper Grade levels.

Steve Marsh (Classical Guitar)