The Ramirez Collection - History and Romance of the Spanish Guitar
The House of José Ramírez, Spain's longest established guitar maker, was founded in Madrid in 1882. Over many years it has built and conserved a Museum Collection of instruments constructed by members of the family and other great Spanish luthiers, many of whom were trained in their workshops.
For the first time in this long and distinguished history, new and unique recordings of these highly important guitars, including those that belonged to the legendary Andres Segovia, are presented here played by Brian Whitehouse, concert guitarist, composer and aficionado.
All these wonderful instruments, displaying over two centuries of the luthiers' art, are beautifully illustrated together with detailed descriptions. Photographs and notes relate their place in the history of music and biographical details are given of the luthiers, players and composers contemporary to their construction. Many interesting anecdotes are told and the project captures, in a highly illuminating way, the spirit of these wonderful artistic creations - The History and Romance of the Spanish Guitar.
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A wonderful contribution to the literature and recording history of the guitar.
Carlos Bonell - Concert Artiste, Professor of Guitar, Royal College of Music
If you're interested in the history of the guitar, then "The Ramirez Collection" will reward you ... the recordings are very good ... Brian's performance sounds wonderful ... great pictures and archive shots too, make this an enjoyable book and CD.
Written with a deep love of the guitar ... an absolute must.
John Mills - Concert Artiste, Professor of Guitar, Royal Welsh College of Music
Beautifully photographed, sensitively played and well recorded.
Charles Ramirez - Concert Artiste, Professor of Guitar, Royal College of Music
A lovely book telling the story of Jose Ramirez - one of the great names in the history of classical guitar.
Xuefei Yang - Concert Artiste
Researched and written with a passion ... a quite unique journey through this remarkable collection.
An enlightening book for lovers of the guitar and a privilege to be able to share the author's experience with such an interesting array of instruments.
Classical Guitar Magazine
The Conde Hermanos Felipe V is a wonderful instrument. It sounds even better than it looks. I feel very lucky to have it in my collection.
Thank you so much.
Xuefei Yang, Chinese Concert Virtuoso
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