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Guitar Duo

by Leonard & Smith Guitar Duo

When classical virtuoso Andrew Leonard & Grammy Award winning acoustic guitarist Doug Smith play, the refinement of Chopin meets the “country twang” of Chet Atkins, the polyphony of Bach meets the “groove” of Gershwin and the Jazz of Pat Metheny are heard
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Revolutionary Étude, Op. 10, No 12 / Frédéric Chopin
3:51 album only
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2. Sweet and Lowdown / George Gershwin
4:56 album only
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3. Travels / Pat Metheny
5:06 album only
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4. Toccata in G Major BWV 916, 1. Presto / J.S. Bach:
3:25 album only
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5. Theme From "Downton Abbey"
5:17 album only
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6. Blue Angel / Nato Lima - Arranged Chet Atkins
2:34 album only
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7. Leyenda / Isaac Albéniz
7:25 album only
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8. Dowland's Ghost / Doug Smith
2:01 album only
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9. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring / J.S. Bach
4:17 album only
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10. Redoublé / Thomas Schuttenhelm
5:52 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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What happens when "musical worlds collide" and a classical guitarist & acoustic fingerstlye guitarist, each known as virtuosos in their field, form a duo?

The refinement of Chopin meets the “country twang” of Chet Atkins, the polyphony of Bach meets the “groove” of Gershwin, Spanish Dances and the Jazz of Pat Metheny are heard during a single performance.

When classical guitarist virtuoso Andrew Leonard and Grammy Award winning acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Doug Smith first met in 2000, they discovered an admiration for each other’s guitar playing and many shared musical interests. Their "instant friendship" encouraged them to experiment with ways to combine their different training, repertoire and guitar styles.

The result is a break from the traditional guitar duo where both guitarists are playing in the same genre of music with the same style of guitar.

Instead, Andrew & Doug's "interwoven nylon and steel string sound" blends the warmth of a classical guitar and the steel string sustain of an acoustic guitar. Each player's part is chosen based on the style of music being played and the type of guitar sound best suited for each moment in a piece.

The two have been performing together for fifteen years. Their long awaited recording "Guitar Duo" includes many of their concert favorites.

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