TIERSEN - LA PLAGE
ARRANGEMENTS FOR GUITAR
(Brilliant Classics, 2021)
This is the first complete collection of works by Yann Tiersen played on the classical guitar. George Tossikian, involving the arrangement and interpretation of ten themes by the French composer, one of the most inspired musicians of his generation.
Since the days of Segovia, guitarists have practised the art of transcription, and the Greek guitarist George Tossikian continues that tradition with this album. In pieces scored for solo piano or violin, he has aimed for close fidelity, whereas in the ensemble numbers he has taken a freer, more creative approach in order to recreate the colours of Tiersen’s score using guitar techniques such as natural harmonics and tremolo. The result is no less delightful or captivating than the originals.
One of the most gifted and creative of modern Greek guitarists, George Tossikian was born in Piraeus in 1981. He has made several fine recordings of Greek and Latin-American music; this album marks his debut on Brilliant Classics.
Yann Tiersen’s well-loved, magic melodies, melancholic or joyful, childlike and romantic, take on a new life through the classical guitar as the emotional depth of those compositions is perfectly harmonized with the soul of this instrument.
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