OUT NOW | Guitarist Berta Rojas Releases New CD “Legado”


The triple Latin Grammy-nominated guitarist Berta Rojas not too long ago launched a brand new album with Onmusic recordings. Entitled “Legado” (legacy), the disc focuses on two ladies who had been a number of the most celebrated guitarists and composers for the guitar of the 20th century: Ida Presti and María Luisa Anido.

Ida Presti, who was born close to Paris in 1924, was a toddler prodigy and one of many twentieth century’s most distinguished guitarists. In addition to having a stellar performing profession, she was additionally a famous composer, writing a lot of virtuosic works for solo guitar. She married the guitarist Alexandre Lagoya in 1952 and likewise composed guitar duos for the pair to carry out collectively.

The opposite protagonist of the disc is the Argentinian guitarist María Luisa Anido, whose works are wealthy with the colours of South American folks music. Anido traveled extensively as a part of her performing profession, spending stints of her life in London, throughout Europe, in Russia, and at dwelling in Buenos Aires.

Alongside six works by these two composers, the disc additionally contained three works that had been impressed by Presti and Anido. These embrace a musical portrait of Anido by composer Sergío Assad, which was commissioned particularly by Rojas for the album, and two different works by John Duarte and Gilbert Biberian.

“I needed to pay tribute to ladies pioneers of the classical guitar,” mentioned Rojas. “They did have recognition whereas they had been alive, however that primarily evaporated after their deaths.”

“They need to be a part of the dialog if you point out the primary figures of classical guitar like Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream,” she added. “These ladies additionally contributed to the expansion of the instrument. They had been trailblazers in a time when the guitar was a male dominated discipline.”

The album is obtainable now on all streaming companies. You’ll be able to hear Rojas performing John Duarte’s Idylle pour Ida beneath.