Having spent many hours researching music from the Georgian period, respected guitarist Taro Takeuchi has compiled a unique collection of music by five important composers, all of whom were active in 18th Century Britain, performing on period instruments with hisorical metal strings.
Although guitar pieces from this era were mainly for domestic use, several outstanding composers wrote very high quality pieces and this album presents some of the best guitar music from the 18th Century. This recording also features the well-known Menuet from handel’s Water Music (quite a few opera arias and orchestral works by Handel were transcribed for the guitar during the 18th century).
Taro Takeuchi was born in Kyoto Japan and after completing his degrees in law and music, he came to England to study lute and early guitar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since leaving college, he has been in geat demand as soloist and ensemble player. He plays all types of lutes and early guitars, and specialises particularly in double strung early guitars, including 5-course Baroque guitar, English guitar (guitar) and 6-course Soanish guitar. His solo recordings FOLLIAS! were received with critcal acclaim: "...as to Taro Takeuchi, baroque guitar playing doesn’t come better than this in any respect..." Gramophone
"This is Japanese Baroque specialist Taro Takeuchi’s second solo CD for the British independent Deux-Elles, and unfortunately a long time coming. Only those with long memories will recall Folias (DXL 1050), as it came out a full decade ago! However, fans of the Baroque guitar are rewarded for their patience by this beguiling new release, in which Takeuchi, with some valuable assistance in places from Judy Tarling and Terence Charlston, offers up some rarities from the 18th century in an outstanding programme... Tarling’s violin and Charlston’s harpsichord are exactly contemporaneous with these for total authenticity. The tones of Takeuchi’s instruments are delicately atmospheric and original, the metal strings of the English guitars in particular imbuing his programme with a unique charge. Takeuchi’s innately musical prowess and poise are finished with an endearing modesty that leaves the listener both deeply satisfied and wanting more..."
Byzantion - MusicWeb-International.com - 31 August 2012