Guitarist Sean Shibe excels in a recording of French and Spanish music

Camino is guitarist Sean Shibe’s first of which we hope will be many recordings for PENTATONE.

It is an imaginatively programmed recording in which the music of Spanish composers Manuel de Falla, Federico Mompou, and Antonio José shares the attention of the artist with that of French composers Eric Satie, Francis Poulenc, and Maurice Ravel.

Ravel’s Pavane pour une Infante défunte, Satie’s Gymnopédie No.1 and Gnossiennes 1 and 3, Poulenc’s Sarabande, and de Falla’s utterly French Homenaje a Claude Debussy are given elegantly idiomatic readings by Shibe.

In the Gypsy-inflected Danza del Molinero from Falla’s El Sombrero de Tres Picos Shibe’s guitar catches on Iberian fire, teasing the listener’s appetite for more Spanish music in Shibe’s near future.

Until know I had been ignorant of the contribution that Antonio José made to Spanish music. Based on José’s Pavana Triste, here beautifully played by Sean Shibe I am eager to further explore this composer’s music.

Federico Mompou has long held a special place in the heart of those who love Spanish music, so that listeners to this elegant album will be grateful to have the Catalan composer’s ever delicate Canços i dansas 6 and 10, as well as his lively Suite Compostelana to enjoy as lovingly played by Shibe.

The recording’s engineering is beyond reproach as is the production of the album.

Rafael de Acha    ALL ABOUT THE ARTS