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This portrait celebrates the extraordinary quest of Andrés Segovia, the Andalusian par excellence who, in his childhood, fell in love with the sounds of the Spanish guitar and within 20 years had elevated it from the status of a folk instrument to the highest levels of the international concert platform. His achievement is among the marvels of Western music. The two very different Christopher Nupen films on this DVD are Segovia at Los Olivos, shot in Segovia’s new home on the Costa del Sol in Andalucia in 1967, when he was 75, and thought by Segovia to be the best thing he ever did for television, and the prize-winning Andrés Segovia: The Song of the Guitar, filmed in Granada and the Palaces of the Alhambra in 1976 when the Grand Master was 84.

Repertoire Music by Albeniz, Bach, Scarlatti, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Granados, Sor, Rameau, Tarrega, Torroba ao.

Segovia at Los Olivos: ‘Spiritually therapeutic.’
The Sunday Times

‘one of the most inspiring and thrilling films I have seen. Here is a most intimate close-up of one of the world's greatest geniuses.’
BMG Magazine

‘…the guitar laughed and cried. This study of the Maestro by Christopher Nupen had an almost noble air of poetry about it.’
Daily Express

’An important record for the archives. Pictures almost as beautiful as Segovia's heavenly playing.’
Daily Telegraph

The Song of the Guitar: ‘A beautiful tribute to the master-guitarist.’
The Guardian

‘a warm, affectionate and truly beautiful tribute to a master musician… a blissful wedding of sight and sound.’
Daily Telegraph

‘Visually it is memorable for sequences of the Alhambra without crowds: early morning views, and midnight performances by Segovia among the pools and pillars. …both films go in Nupen’s engaging laid-back style, with long unedited scenes straight to camera, and they will stand up to repeated viewings.’
BBC Music Magazine

‘The Spanish virtuoso has a special place in musical history for almost single-handedly restoring the classical guitar to the concert halls of the world. … As director Christopher Nupen concedes in his newly recorded introduction, he was lucky to have been in the right place at the right time to make these two films. Both are of immense historical importance. … To see him performing now standard works that he transcribed, commissioned or inspired is a rare treat. What is more, Nupen’s intelligent, measured handling of his subject and the medium has allowed both films to stand the test of time.’
Classic fM

‘Irrespective of Segovia’s relative ability as a guitarist, the enormous advantage that he had over his predecessors was his vision for the guitar as a true concert instrument. … Segovia was a phenomenon and played the guitar to such high standards that very few were able to compete. He was also a very astute marketer who, over several decades tirelessly gave concerts all over the world and taught and promoted the classical guitar. He became “Mr Classical Guitar” - universally the most famous classical guitarist ever to have lived. …
Segovia at Los Olivos
This documentary is very interesting, informative and most enjoyable. Filmed at Segovia’s home in Andalucia, it is full of magnificent scenery, fascinating dialogue and beautiful guitar playing. … It is challenging to say which aspect of this documentary is the most enjoyable…
Song of the Guitar
”Song of the Guitar” is an important historical documentary. … The Alhambra in Granada, where the film was made, imparts a magnificent air of tranquillity. The guitar reciprocates, creating an ambience of wonderment; scenes appear as trompe l’oeil. The film is full of interesting dialogue and Segovia plays numerous pieces from his extensive repertory. …
This DVD is highly recommended. It has wide audience appeal but for aficionados of the classical guitar it is mandatory viewing.’
Music Web International

Awards & Accolades:
ANDRÉS SEGOVIA: THE SONG OF THE GUITAR won the Prix du Public at the Besançon Festival in 1977

DVD CHOICE BBC Music Magazine (November 2005)

Classic fM BEST BUY (December 2005)

FORMAT: All Formats
REGIONS: All Regions
PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9 / 4:3
LENGTH: 196 Mins
RELEASED: 29/08/2005

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