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by Jessica Papkoff

WINNER of ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE'S 2003 HOMEGROWN CD AWARD. Debut recording from award-winning classical guitarist Jessica Papkoff. This CD features the music of Turina, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, de Falla, Carlevaro and others.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Joaquin Turina - Sevillana Fantasia
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2. Heitor Villa-Lobos - Prelude #2
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3. Heitor Villa-Lobos - Prelude #4
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4. Heitor Villa-Lobos - Prelude #5
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5. Claude Debussy - Syrinx
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6. Manuel de Falla - Homenaje: Le Tombeau de Debussy
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7. Francis Poulenc - Sarabande for Guitar
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8. Abel Carlevaro - Ronda
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9. Abel Carlevaro - Campo
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10. Abel Carlevaro - Scherzino
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11. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco - Tarantella
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Album Notes
"Classical guitar at its finest... Her fingering is impeccable and her emotional shading interesting and carefully attended to. Each work is a masterpiece in musical skill, flavor and individuality." - Jeanette Housner, Victory Music Review (review of Impressions CD)

"Jessica Papkoff played her set with a technical precision and emotional intensity that set her apart from the rest of the finalists." - Bill Clements, Northwest Guitar Festival Competition

JESSICA PAPKOFF started playing guitar at age six, made her solo classical guitar debut at age sixteen and her concerto debut two years later in the San Francisco Bay Area as a winner of the Contra Costa Symphony's Young Musician's Award performing Joaquin Rodrigo's "Fantasia para un Gentilhombre". Ms. Papkoff received a B.A. in Music from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Music degree from the Yale University School of Music. She has studied privately and in master classes with Eliot Fisk, Oscar Ghiglia, Sharon Isbin, Robert Guthrie, Michael Lorimer and George Sakellariou.

Ms. Papkoff has performed solo, duo and chamber music concerts on the East and West coasts including performances at the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, the Trinity Church Guitar Concert Series in New York City, the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, CT, U.C. Berkeley's Hertz Hall, the Educational Cultural Complex in San Diego, California and at numerous colleges and venues throughout Washington state including the Bumbershoot Arts Festival, the Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Experience Music Project, and the NW Foklife Festival. She has been featured on KPFA radio in Berkeley, KDVS in Davis and on local television in Aspen, Colorado.

Jessica has been the recipient of many scholarships and music awards. In 1999 she was the only American woman guitarist selected to participate in prestigious Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and she was also one of the top award winners at the 1999 Northwest Classical Guitar Festival Competition.

In addition to her work as a classical guitarist, Jessica has been active as a lead guitarist and songwriter for several award-winning Seattle folk-pop groups. Jessica is the founder of Fretgirl Records which recently released her debut CD, Impressions, featuring the music of Turina, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, Carlevaro and others.

This CD was awarded the 2003 Homegrown CD Award from Acoustic Guitar Magazine.



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Minor 7th Webzine

It's astounding to think that just a few generations ago, there were a handful of classical guitarists who could walk through a program as varied as Villa-Lobos, Poulenc, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Now, the pool of talent on classical guitar is vast and deep. Jessica Papkoff is one such guitarist, and this - her first solo recording - won Acoustic Guitar Magazine's 2003 Homegrown CD Award. The winner is no flash in the pan - she has considerable academic and professional experience behind her. Papkoff says that the disc is a tribute to the great French composer Claude Debussy. The recording quality is excellent, but it's Papkoff's fine playing which deserves the credit. Papkoff's playing throughout is thoughtful, and she reveals considerable skill, whether chording, running through arpeggios, or finding the right space within the moment. She treats a trio of preludes by Villa-Lobos with the sensitivity and passion they deserve. Her Dake Traphagen guitar brings fullness to the variety of textures Papkoff paints through the program. "Homenaje" by Manuel de Falla rushes in and out with Spanish force. Poulenc's "Sarabande for Guitar" is just lovely. The most interesting piece of the CD is Debussy's "Syrinx". Papkoff renders its quirky undulation beautifully, finding the right pace to its undulating atonality. Papkoff shimmers throughout three movements of Abel Carlevaro's "Preludios Americanos", romping through the "Campo", while rendering the "Scherzino" with both technique and interpretive charm. My only complaint about the disk is that it's a mere 32 minutes long. Hopefully Jessica Papkoff will release another one soon.

Edward S. Lashen

Brilliant playing!
Magnificent playing! Sound, phrasing, emphasis are wonderful. Can't say enough good things about this CD. I hope Jessica Papkoff will have another classical CD out soon.

William Belk

I heard one short mp3 and had to have this recording.
Don't buy this CD unless you really enjoy excellent music played to perfection.

Joseph McSweeney

just listened to the second of what will be many
> I've just finished listening to your impressions for the 2nd time of
> what I'm sure will be many. Wanted to thank you for your artistry as
> a performer and producer. The performance was superior throughout(I
> have yet to hear any rythmic foibling) and you have found what is
> very close to my ideal balance between the highs and lows of the
> instrument. Bravo!