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DCD34248-CD

Alexandra Whittingham: My European Journey

Over the last four years, guitarist Alexandra Whittingham has reached listeners worldwide, not only through concerts and competition successes but above all online, where her video performances of classical guitar repertoire have gained over 25 million YouTube views. Now she brings all of her freshness, charm, curiosity and determination to bear on her first studio album. Recorded in a year when the relationship between musicians and audiences has never been more topical, My European Journey is a testament to what the imagination can achieve in a time of unprecedented physical barriers.

In this heartfelt, enchanting exploration of the guitar’s great coming of age in nineteenth-century Europe, staple works by Napoléon Coste, Giulio Regondi and Luigi Legnani give a warm Romantic embrace to a clutch of lesser-known miniatures – brimming with character and local colour from Vienna, London, Copenhagen and beyond. All are given vivid new life here, by an artist for whom connecting with audiences is second nature.

"Scots-based Delphian label has a track record when it comes to talent-spotting guitarists ... My European Journey reveals a player of sound ability and creative charisma ... There’s a natty Humoreske by Scandinavian Frederik Rung, Frenchman Napoléon Coste’s fantasie dramatique Le Départ, and from Italian Luigi Legnani a showcase Fantasie brilliante e facile. By then, Whittingham is on fire"

★ ★ ★ ★

'it takes a modern, creative female virtuoso of Romantic disposition to breathe life and vigour into these latent, miniature masterpieces ... [Whittingham's] playing is very musical, and obviously influenced by experiences outside Western Art Music ... Much attention is paid to the execution of each and every note; the precision about her playing is impressive ... This will not be the last recording of Alexandra Whittington. While she may have positioned the programme to especially attract the non-guitarist, there are aspects about it that, in total, will attract all who just appreciate quality guitar playing'

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

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'look out for a solo recital recorded with an immediate, ample sound: My European Journey by Alexandra Whittingham: 19th-century miniatures played by a young 21st-century virtuoso'

'Whittingham is magnificent throughout, tackling the simpler, lighter pieces with freshness and affection. Delphian’s engineering is up to scratch, the sound warm, close and rich'

THE ARTS DESK

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Release Date: 28 May 2021
Catalogue Number DCD34248
Recorded on 13-15 October 2020 in Crichton Collegiate Church, Midlothian Producer/Engineer: Paul Baxter
24-bit digital editing: Jack Davis & Paul Baxter
24-bit digital mastering: Paul Baxter
Design: John Christ
Booklet editor: Henry Howard
Cover and portrait photography: Paul Whittingham
Session photography: foxbrushfilms.com
 
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