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The Alhambra is one of the architectural wonders of the world, and the memorable images of Segovia framed by a forest of pillars and moorish arches are the perfect summation of this incomparable 20th century musical explorer.

Segovia at Alhambra. Screenshot © 2005 Opus Arte/Allegro Films
Segovia at Alhambra. Screenshot © 2005 Opus Arte/Allegro Films

Between the pieces Segovia's voice is heard, out of shot, recalling his childhood, betraying flashes of wry humour and illuminating the spirit at the heart of genius.

Political philosopher and celebrated 20th century liberal thinker Sir Isaiah Berlin, OM (1909-1997) said of Nupen's made for TV productions; 'these films are intimacy, exuberance and insights into musical experience that were previously the private preserve of the greatest musicians and their closest friends.' They represent 'just about the highest level which television is capable of reaching'.

Copyright © 9 January 2008 Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand


Andrés Segovia in portrait

OA CN0931 D DVD9 NTSC 16:9 Anamorphic, 4:3, 4:3 Letterbox, All Regions LPCM Stereo FIRST RELEASE 196' 2005 Opus Arte / Allegro Films

Ferenc van Damme, producer; Hans Petri, executive producer; Christopher Nupen, executive producer

Segovia at Los Olivos; The Song of the Guitar; personal introductions by Christopher Nupen; Allegro Molto: an Allegro Films compilation. Spoken in English with subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Music by Bach, Albeniz, Scarlatti, Ponce, Torroba, Rameau and Granados


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