Dreams & Fancies: English music for solo guitar

FORTHCOMING: 21 JULY 2017

Sean Shibe (guitar)

Barely half a century ago, the guitar was such a rarity in the concert hall that even an outstanding player like Julian Bream was remarkable as a pioneer as much as for his exceptional technique and musicality. Today, by contrast, the field is richly populated – thanks not only to Bream’s own inspiring example to younger players but also to the vastly increased repertoire, so much of which he also instigated.

Yet even in this new heyday for the instrument, Sean Shibe – whose full album debut here nests among four of those Bream-commissioned
works a clutch of Dowland pieces from a previous Elizabethan Golden Age – stands out as a truly uncommon talent. ‘I want to hear his
interpretation of Britten’s Nocturnal over and over,’ wrote David Nice in an awed recent concert review. ‘This, for me, is the definitive
performance.’

  • Recording venue(s): Crichton Collegiate Church, Midlothian
  • Recording dates: 20-21 December 2016 & 7-8 February 2017
  • Physical format: Jewel case
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Number of tracks: 27
  • Total playing time: 66:30
  • First UK release date: July 21, 2017