Ever since its formation in 1978, the Amsterdam Guitar Trio has transcribed music originally written for other instruments, ranging from pieces for piano solo to symphonies for full orchestra. The international success of the Amsterdam Guitar Trio was not only a result of their excellent musicianship, but also of the uniqueness of their presentation.
Apart from their much-praised virtuosity and musicality, the trio has been singled out for its programming: surprising transcriptions were followed by contemporary pieces that exploit unknown possibilities, hardly imaginable on the guitar.
The Los Angeles Times wrote: they broke all the rules… and got away with it. The trio stopped performing in 2004
1. Sonate K 159, Allegro | D. Scarlatti
2. Sonate K 208 Andante cantabile | D. Scarlatti
2. Sonate K443, allegro | D. Scarlatti
4. Sonate K 466 Andante moderato | D. Scarlatti
5. Concerto BWV 1060 1. Allegro | J.S. Bach
6. Concerto BWV 1060 2. Adagio | J.S. Bach
7. Concerto BWV 1060 3. Allegro | J.S. Bach
8. Andante cantabile | G. Bizet
9. Allegro vivace | G. Bizet
10. Gavotta | A. Prokoviev
11. En los jardines de Cordoba | M. de Falla
12. Almeria | I. Albeniz
13. Aragonesa | M. de Falla
14. The difference | H. v. Veen
15. Farewell cafe | H. v. Veen
This compilation consists of works no longer available on individual cd’s.
The two pieces by Herman van Veen are originally written as songs.
All transcriptions are made by the Amsterdam Guitar Trio.
- Domenico Scarlatti, originally for harpsichord.
- Johan Sebastiaan Bach, for 2 harpsichords and string orchestra.
- The works by George Bizet, Sergei Prokoviev and Manuel de Falla for full orchestra.
- Isaac Albeniz for piano, as well as Aragonesa by Manuel de Falla.