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To mark the 20th anniversary of Alexandre Lagoya's death and what would also have been the 90th anniversary of his birth, Decca Records France presents for the first time all of his solo and Presti recordings for Philips and RCA, brought together in a 10cd box set including many previously unreleased CDs. Alexandre Lagoya is recognized as one of the best French guitarists of the 20th century. His style of clarity, elegance and virtuosity has brought an important stone in the history of guitar performance. His musicality is closely linked to that of Ida Presti, an incomparable guitar prodigy, with whom he formed an impressive duo with an international reputation. Indeed, the two guitar giants have left precious recordings for both labels, testifying to the incredible diversity and richness of the repertoire covered. They traveled through the Renaissance (Mudarra, Dowland), the Baroque (Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Marcello, Vivaldi), Classicism (Diabelli, Sor), Romanticism (Schubert, Tarrega), the 19th century (Albéniz, Granados) and the 20th century (Moreno Torroba, Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo), enriching the classical guitar repertoire with numerous transcriptions and commissions from contemporary composers, as well as their own compositions. This testimony of abundant passion, devotion, inventiveness and musical joy sums up the art of the guitar that was theirs. Limited edition.

 

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Alexandre Lagoya is one of the outstanding artists of the musical life of the 20th century, not only in duo with his wife Ida Presti but also as a soloist. A musician of great virtuosity, he has made the guitar shine throughout the world and raised it to the highest level. Thanks to this biography faithful to his life and largely illustrated with photographs and unpublished documents, you will be able to enter into the beautiful history of the French guitar thanks to the exceptional career of this illustrious musician.

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