Picks and Pans Review: A Centenary Celebration

updated 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Andrés Segovia

Segovia compared the acoustic guitar to a temperamental woman. "Sometimes it is impossible to deal with her," he said. "But if you caress her properly, she will sing very beautifully." Indeed, during his passionate love affair with the guitar, which lasted until his death, in 1987, at age 94, Segovia took an instrument that had previously been considered unrefined and transformed it into an elegant vehicle of classical music. This exquisite, four-CD collection includes many of Segovia's best-known adaptations of classical compositions, including Bach's "Chaconne" and Albéniz's "Leyenda." (MCA Classics/Decca)

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