Marco Tamayo plays Schubert

The brilliant guitar virtuoso, Marco Tamayo, just posted a definitive performance of Johann Kaspar Mertz’s arrangement of Franz Schubert’s Lob Der Thränen (In Praise of Tears).

From the video post, Marco writes that he has modified small details in the arrangement to achieve certain resonances and more continuity in the melodic line. There are so many beautiful moments in this performance: seamless phrasing, the natural ebb and flow of pulse, and above all the purity of Marco’s magical interpretation. There is a reason La Stampa has dubbed Marco Il re de la chitarra (The king of the guitar). Enjoy!

For those looking for the music, here is the facsimile of the score:

Marco Tamayo plays Domenico Scarlatti

Referred to as “the king of guitar” by Italy’s press, Cuban-born virtuoso, Marco Tamayo, recently posted a run-through of his brilliant transcription of Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard Sonata K.318.

From his facebook post, he mentions having transcribed many more of Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas 20 years ago. I imagine he’s transcribed more since then and I am excited at the hint of the idea that he may publish a set of them. If you are familiar with his editions, they are extremely detailed with insight that would take decades to extract from even the best teachers.

To say Marco’s playing inspires me would be a dramatic understatement. I cannot imagine a more effortless performance. Or one that could be any more beautiful, any more virtuosic, or any more elegant.

Hope that lifts everyone’s spirits!