What's On Your iPod? Grammy Winning Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin
Sharon Isbin is a multiple GRAMMY Award winner and has been called "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time." It would take all day to list the awards and honors she's won and her now legendary live performances are nothing short of magical. Currently she has a new album entitled "Sharon Isbin and Friends: Guitar Passions" which features duets with a vast array of superstars from across the musical universe. BWW Classical chatted with her about what she's currently listening to and the list was as wonderfully eclectic as Sharon's repertory.
"My December 14, 2013 solo show at New York's 92nd St Y falls on the 100th birthday of my mentor Rosalyn Tureck, and in her honor I'll perform one of the Bach lute suites we transcribed. To inspire me, I'm listening to her brilliant "Bach Goldberg Variations" (VAI), and her ethereal "Well-Tempered Clavier" (DG).
When in the mood for Spain, it's Alicia de Larrocha's magical Granados and Albeniz. And Chopin? Arthur Rubinstein's "Nocturnes"!
Looking ahead to a 20-concert Guitar Passions tour that kicks off in January, I'm listening to the guitarists who will join me and who were guests on "Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions" (Sony): Brazilian Romero Lubambo and jazz legend Stanley Jordan. Romero can out bossa-nova anyone, and his improvisatory skills are irresistible. Stanley wows with his innovative tapping technique, as if he's grown another hand (I still can't figure out how he does it!), as evident in his recent "Friends" album.
Nancy Wilson from Heart recorded her sensuous "Dreamboat Annie" with me on "Guitar Passions", so no surprise that I relax hearing Heart's CD by that title, as well as their "Stairway to Heaven" from the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. A knockout!