John Jarvie | Classical Guitar

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Classical Guitar

by John Jarvie

Rich harmonies, lovely melodies and dramatic rhythms, played with warmth and heart. Music of Spain, South America, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.
Genre: Classical: Twentieth Century
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Five Preludes in E minor: I. Andantino Expressivo
3:59 $0.99
2. La Catedral in B minor - 1. Prelude (Saudade)
2:02 $0.99
3. La Catedral B minor- 2: Hymn (Andante Religioso)
1:40 $0.99
4. La Catedral B minor- 3: Allegro Solemne
3:28 $0.99
5. Romance Antiqua in E minor
2:43 $0.99
6. Etudes, Op60: No 7 In A Minor
1:21 $0.99
7. Etudes Op 6: No 11 In E Minor
3:47 $0.99
8. Variations on Sákura in A major
8:54 $0.99
9. Se Io M'accorgo in D minor
1:38 $0.99
10. Cello Suite No 1 in G major: 1. Prelude
2:36 $0.99
11. Canarios in D major
1:38 $0.99
12. Minuets in D
3:43 $0.99
13. Cancion De La Hilendera in D minor
3:17 $0.99
14. Paraguayan Dance in G major
1:32 $0.99
15. Capricho Arabe in D major
4:44 $0.99
16. Cuentos de la Juventude in D major, Op. 1: 1. Dedicatoria
2:25 $0.99
17. Recuerdos De La Alhambra in A minor
5:55 $0.99
18. Suite Española in G minor, Op. 47: 5. Asturias (leyenda)
6:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
John has performed classical guitar music publically for 30 years, in both casual and concert settings. In the words of Eugene Register Guard music critic Fred Crafts, “Jarvie is a spectacularly gifted artist who commands the fingers of a virtuoso and the sensitivity of a poet.”
His special gift, however, is the impact he has on his audiences. After John’s concerts, audience members invariably tell him how moved they were by his music. A reviewer wrote that John’s listeners “sat breathlessly” during one concert, and seemed “spellbound” by another performance.
John grew up in a household filled with music. His mother was a violinist, and his father played accordion and classical piano. He began serious study of the guitar as a teenager, studying with Ralph Towner, and later with Michael Lorimer and Scott Kritzer, as well as taking master classes with David Russell, Alice Artst, and Sharon Isben.
He earned his Music degree at the University of Oregon. In 1971 he designed and initiated the Guitar Studies program at the U of O Music School, and taught there for 12 years. He taught concurrently at Lane Community College in Eugene, and continues to teach there.
Beginning in 1971, John has given concerts to enthusiastic audiences in many Northwest venues, most notably performances of the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Eugene Symphony, and a shared program with renowned flautist Paul Horn at the Portland Civic Auditorium.
His concert career was highly successful. However, it was not lucrative enough to provide a stable income for his family, so in 1992, when he was offered a job with security and benefits, he accepted it.
After a number of years, John’s love of music drew him back to serious practice of the guitar. In 2001, John began performing again. Since then, he has performed in the Go For Baroque concert in Eugene, the Instrument Makers’ Exposition in Portland, and numerous private performances. He has given solo concerts in Eugene, Portland and San Diego.
The recent passing of John’s parents, both in their 90's, has inspired him to create a community service project which provides music in retirement homes and care facilities for the elderly. He takes special pleasure in making the beauty of classical guitar music accessible to all listeners.



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Kathy Parsons

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The simply but aptly titled "Classical Guitar" is the debut CD by classical guitarist John Jarvie, a wonderful artist and teacher from Eugene, Oregon that I have been privileged to host in concert at my house several times. Like his live performances, Jarvie has presented a fascinating mixture of music on this CD. The majority of the eighteen pieces come from Spain and Latin America, but Jarvie also arranged the prelude from the Bach Cello Suite #1 and Isaac Albeniz’s “Asturias,” which was originally composed for piano, and included the Japanese “Sakura.” The pieces express a wide range of emotions as well as guitar stylings, but the program flows very evenly without any jarring changes. Jarvie is a master guitarist and arranger, and even builds his own guitars. Anyone who appreciates fine instrumental music will find much to love about this album.

"Classical Guitar" begins with the haunting “Prelude #1” by Heitor Villa-Lobos, which was inspired by a journey up the Amazon River. The three-movement “La Catedral” by Augustin Barrios is an evocative and stirring tribute to the Church as the spiritual center of traditional Latin American culture. “Romance Antigua” is an charming older piece often played as a serenade for young lovers. “Sakura (Variations)” comes from the beloved traditional Japanese folk song and sounds right at home on the western acoustic guitar. Jarvie’s performance is amazing! “Se Io M’accorgo” was found in a book of lute music from 16th century Italy and works beautifully on guitar, as does JS Bach’s “Prelude” from “Cello Suite #1.” “Paraguayan Dance #3” by Barrios is a joyful and very lively piece that is sure to bring a smile to your ears! Enrique Granados’ “Dedicatoria” was originally composed for piano, but is perfect on guitar with its simple, heartfelt melody and gentle tone. “Recuerdos de la Allhambra” is a favorite. Composed by Francisco Tarrega, the mood is deeply nostalgic and overflows with longing. Gorgeous! I love “Asturias” by Isaac Albeniz, a true classical guitar classic. Very intense and on the dark side, this is an exciting finish to a great album!
This is an outstanding album and I recommend it very highly!