Pablo Sáinz-Villegas: Soul of the Spanish Guitar

November 24, 2020, 9:00 am

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Regarded as one of the world’s leading soloists on his instrument, Pablo Sáinz-Villegas embodies “the soul of the Spanish guitar” and has long been internationally acclaimed as an ambassador of Spanish culture. For his latest album, this exceptional artist has chosen ten works that are especially close to his heart: “Spanish music represents a blend of different influences,” he explains, because “the harmonies, rhythms, and melodies of a whole range of folk traditions” come together. These traditions are not just Arab and Christian but others, too. In the music that has been written for the Spanish guitar, listeners may recognize “the voice of an entire nation.” Here is a language based on “the centuries-old peaceful coexistence of a variety of different cultures.”