“Blue stands for a particularly intimate mood,” says renowned Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas. Correspondingly, his latest recording is titled The Blue Album. “Blue symbolizes a mysterious intermediary realm: one thinks of the moment when the sun rises and night slowly withdraws,” Sainz-Villegas goes on to explain. “These are exceptional moments, between silence and waking, between heaven and earth, between light and darkness. These are also the moments that spirit us away from the hectic routine of our everyday lives and that create an atmosphere of reverie and relaxation, allowing us time to slow down.” All of this is reflected in Sainz-Villegas’s new program, with works ranging from the German and Italian Baroque to the present day.