Manuel Montero: «Recuperando Obras»

The guitarist Manuel Montero is starting a series of videos titled “Recuperando Obras” (Getting some works back), in which the guitarist will play some tunes of special interest, by great masters of the guitar history.

In this first volume, the artist will delight us with a song called “Tarantos Populares” played with a model guitar “HOMENAJE A MARCELO BARBERO” purchased at Solera Flamenca. It appeared in some cassettes and albums of the 60s and 70s, compiling different styles of some of the best performers ever (Manolo Sanlúcar, Andrés Batista or… Paco de Lucía!!). Precisely Paco is the only performer in this great composition who does not appear in any of the albums of his work.

As a curious piece of information, it is worth mentioning the fact that the passage between 00:31´´ to 00:39´´ is an extract of “La Catedral”, by Agustín Barrios Mangoré. It is specifically the third movement, the only video recording of Paco playing this falsetto is a video where the guitarist, aged 18, accompanied by Jacinto Almadén (00:41´´ – 00:49´´). It is really interesting and curious to know Paco de Lucía got to hear this piece, in times where Spain was a dictatorship. Besides, maestro Andrés Segovia did everything he could to prevent Agustín Barrios Mangoré´s work to be known. In fact, what made Mangoré famous was a recording by John Williams, Segovia´s disciple. It took place in 1977, for the TV channel CBS , and it is said to have triggered an argument with Segovia).