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Sharon Isbin, Pacifica Quartet: Bio

Sharon Isbin - Isbin's discography of 30 albums includes three Grammy Award winners and a Latin Grammy nominee. Other honors include Germany's Echo Klassik award, Gramophone's Recording of the Year, and Guitar Player's Best Classical Guitarist award. The award-winning documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour was seen by millions on public television. She is founding director of the Juilliard School's guitar department and leads the guitar program at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Winner of the Toronto, Munich, and Madrid competitions, she gives up to 100 performances each season. Her website is sharonisbin.com.

Pacifica Quartet - In addition to their new recording with Isbin, the Pacifica's Cedille catalog of 11 albums includes collaborations with other leading instrumentalists such as clarinetist Anthony McGill, now principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic; pianist Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio; and violist Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet.

Formed in 1994, the Pacifica was awarded a 2006 Avery Fisher Career Grant and named "Ensemble of the Year" by Musical America in 2009. They earned the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance of 2008 for their album of Elliot Carter's Quartets Nos. 1 and 5 on Naxos. Formerly quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, they are currently quartet-in-residence and full-time faculty at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.  In 2017, the Pacifica Quartet was appointed to lead the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School.  The quartet's website is pacificaquartet.com

Sharon Isbin, Pacifica Quartet

Souvenirs of Spain and Italy

Cedille Records

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1 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet, Op. 143 (23:45) / 1  
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5 Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in D Major, RV 93, arr. Emilio Pujol, ed. Sharon Isbin: (11:02) / 1  
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8 Joaquin Turina: La oracion del torero for string quartet, Op. 34 (7:56)  
9 Luigi Boccherini: Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet in D Major, G. 448 (18:30) / 1  
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Pacifica Quartet and Guitarist Sharon Isbin Offer ‘Souvenirs of Spain and Italy' on Cedille Records

In their first collaboration on disc, the artists play works for guitar and strings by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Vivaldi, and Boccherini  

The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and multiple Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin join forces for Souvenirs of Spain & Italy, an uncommon album of music for strings and guitar from the Baroque to the mid-20th century.

Souvenirs of Spain & Italy, available August 23, 2019, on Cedille Records, is the first joint recording by these renowned artists and marks Isbin's Cedille label debut. 

"It's really beautiful music with a tremendous amount of variety," Isbin says.

The program spotlights Italian-born composers influenced by Spanish idioms. Works include Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet, Op. 143; Emilio Pujol's guitar arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi's lute Concerto in D Major, RV 93, edited by Isbin; and Luigi Boccherini's Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet in D Major, G. 448.

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