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One of the world's greatest guitar pioneers; Sharon Isbin joins the impressive Pacifica Quartet, for 'Souvenirs of Spain and Italy' / ClassicsToday.com

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Sharon Isbin needs no introduction to any classical guitar fan, or to anyone who's paid more than casual attention to the classical music and performance scene since the 1980s. One of the world's greatest advocates for her instrument, award-winner, teacher (founding director of the guitar department at Juilliard), pioneer in new repertoire, Isbin's appearance here informs the music with an authority–enlivened by her unique ornamentation and occasional improvisatory licks–that elevates the performances far beyond the merely respectable or routine efforts of some of her very competent colleagues. And the Pacifica Quartet, commanding its own list of impressive achievements and honors, is a more than worthy partner. Perhaps we may even look forward to a further exploration of guitar/string quartet repertoire by these musicians? Brouwer? Daugherty? Miguel Bareilles? Gabriela Lena Frank? Thanks for this–and we'll be watching.

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