Charles Ramirez is a guitarist of rare skill. A preeminent performer in the generation of guitarists that followed Segovia, he has held the post of Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music since the age of 25, raising the profile of the instrument through his concerts and education activities since mid-1970’s.
This disc is the first in a new series of recordings featuring Charles Ramirez and sees him perform works by Joaquin Rodrigo with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe - the Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un gentilhombre - under conductor and founding member of the orchestra Douglas Boyd. The programme is completed with Rodrigo’s enchanting solo-guitar piece Elogio de la guitara.
"...One of the best recordings of this repertoire, and well worth the long wait."
Zane Turner - musicwebinternational.com - July 2011
Performance ***** Recording ****
Robert Maycock - BBC Music magazine - August 2011
"Guitar virtuoso Charles Ramirez is on supple, sensitive form on this collection of Rodrigo suites ..." ****
Andy Gill - The Independent - 18 March 2011