Eliot Fisk, guitar.


Paco Peña and Eliot Fisk:

  • Duo Guitar Recital

Guitarist Eliot Fisk wrote about this CD, as follows:

“This CD has been a long time coming. It dates back really to the first time Paco and I ever met, when we performed separately at a now defunct guitar festival in Mettman, Germany, in September of 1983. This was the first time I had the chance to hear Paco live, and I can still remember many moments from his concert.

We have organized the pieces heard here into 4 sets of 4 pieces each with a duo version of Francisco Tárrega’s famous Recuerdos de la Alhambra, as a sort of encore. There are places where each of us improvises separately and places where we each play something completely planned out. The result of this cross pollination is something new but something that is a legitimate extension of the very different yet complementary styles of music making that have formed us each as musicians. We hope you have as much fun listening to these interpretations as we have had dreaming them up!”

Here’s a list of the selections:

Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 6 in D minor, BWV875
Prelude in F major, BWV927


Siete Canciones populares españolas


Song without Words, Op. 62 No. 1 in G major ‘May Breezes’

Peña, P:

Los Salineros (Alegria)
El Nuevo Dia (Colombiana)


Fandango from Tonadilla



Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K461 in C major
Keyboard Sonata K39 in A major
Keyboard Sonata K33 in D Major


Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Canción (Petenera)

Performed by Paco Peña and Eliot Fisk (guitar duo)

Mr. Fisk concludes with the following:

“This CD does not pretend to be either pure flamenco or pure classical. Necessarily the classical selections are colored by Paco’s flamenco sensibility as the flamenco selections are inflected by my formation in the classical world. But that is exactly what is interesting. Paco finds things in classical music that would never occur to a classical player; and perhaps something analogous can be said of my attempts to enter the mysterious temple of flamenco.”

Here is Eliot Fisk in Britten’s “Nocturnal after John Dowland”, Op. 70:



And next, here are John Williams and Paco Pena in Tarrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”:



Finally, here is Eliot Fisk performing Paganini’s Caprice #24 (transcribed by Fisk) at the New York Guitar Festival’s third biennial Guitar Marathon at the 92nd Street Y‘s Kaufman Auditorium:



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