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There's a gorgeous, rich tone from Sharon Isbin, Pacifica Quartet 'Souvenirs Of Spain And Italy' / Wisconsin Public Radio

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World-renowned guitarist and multiple Grammy winner Sharon Isbin has joined forces with the Pacifica Quartet for a new recording, called "Souvenirs Of Spain And Italy," featuring music by four Spanish and Italian composers. There are some interesting interconnections: composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco was born in Italy, but was of Spanish ancestry and composed a number of works for the legendary Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia.

There's a gorgeous, rich tone from all of the instrumentalists throughout the recording. That's coupled with a certain transparency in the sound that allows for a deep delve into each piece. As usual, Isbin's performances are glorious and illuminating, and this is a terrific partnership with the Pacifica Quartet, which brings a lovely lightness and effervescence to these pieces.

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