Friday, March 11, 2022

Carlos Barbosa-Lima 1944-2022

A good friend let me borrow this LP of Scarlatti transcriptions for the guitar when we were in high school and I've always remembered it, in particular the last track, the Sonata in G major*, K.380, which still strikes me as one of the most perfectly poised pieces of music I know. The record has never been issued on CD, but at least we have this uploaded version.

The Times has an obituary of the guitarist, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, who died in São Paulo on February 23rd.

* Scarlatti's original key seems to have been E major.


Michael Leddy said...

Great musicianship. I’ve had that Scarlatti sonata stuck in my head (harpsichord performance) for years. Wonderful to hear it for the guitar.

Chris said...

I love the tone of the guitar. You don't get that with a keyboard.