Benjamin Beirs | Widening Circles

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Widening Circles

by Benjamin Beirs

"one the most unified, fulfilling, and refreshing albums I’ve heard in some time." - Classical Guitar Canada "the brave new world of the classical guitar." -Sacramento Bee "...a complete success." -Fanfare Magazine "the brave new world of the classica
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Electric Counterpoint - I Fast
6:52 album only
2. Electric Counterpoint - II Slow
3:23 album only
3. Electric Counterpoint - III Fast
4:26 album only
4. American Suite - I New Lifetime
3:02 album only
5. American Suite - II Above The Scottish Sky
5:01 album only
6. American Suite - III The Truth Is Out There
3:54 album only
7. American Suite - IV Tearing Away / The Finale
3:28 album only
8. Awakened Awareness
4:23 album only
9. Libra Sonatine - I India
5:27 album only
10. Libra Sonatine - II Largo
3:30 album only
11. Libra Sonatine - III Fuoco
3:23 album only


Album Notes
"A new generation of classical guitarist is coming onto the music scene – and many no longer hew to the dogma of the Segovia era. One of those is the supremely talented Benjamin Beirs. On this release, he proves that the guitar offers vastly more color and depth than many credit it with, and he proves it by undertaking repertoire like Steve Reich's minimalist gem 'Electronic Counterpoint.' In Beirs' hand, Reich's repeating rhythms and evolving musical ideas bloom with primal colors. Noteworthy is Beirs' brilliant take on Marek Pasieczny's five-movement 'American Suite.' It's the brave new world of the classical guitar." -The Sacramento Bee

“I’m impressed with this album for its conceptual programming as well as Beirs’ exceptionally clear and stylistic performance. Beirs is doing interesting things on guitar and will be a name to watch out for. I highly recommend this album to anyone who wants to see a side of classical guitar that is very approachable as well as modern in its mix of styles and moods.” -Bradford Werner, Classical Guitar Canada

“Benjamin Beirs, too, is ‘one’ with his instrument, and that identification, coupled with his all-embracing virtuosity, makes Widening Circles a complete success. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by predicting that we’ll be hearing a lot more from him in the future.” – Robert Schulslaper, Fanfare Magazine

"The music on this disc reaches the listeners ears in smooth and clear sonics with the pleasant ambiance of an intimate concert hall.” Maria Nockin, Fanfare Magazine



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