Jerry Willard takes us on a virtuosic tour of the world's most popular stringed instrument, starting in 16th- century Italy with pieces performed on archlute. Next come six of J.S. Bach's most popular lute pieces (Suite no. 1, BWV 996), followed by several compositions by Gaspar Sanz on Baroque guitar and a three-movement sonata by Mauro Giuliani on a 19th-century instrument. Finally, Willard uses a modern classical guitar for Catalan folk songs by Miguel Llobet and three bravura arrangements of show tunes by George Gershwin ("Swanee," "Summertime," and "I Got Rhythm").
"Sparkling and entertaining."—NYTimes
"Clearly a talented player, Willard weaves his way through this music with great sensitivity."—Guitar Review