Rey de la Torre

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Rey de la Torre

Post by Ramon Amira » Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:55 pm

Here is one side of an album by an old friend of mine from long ago, the great Rey de la Torre. One of the all time great classical guitarists, sadly now largely forgotten and only occasionally mentioned. Just listen to this exquisite playing.

P.S. For some reason the video starts past the beginning. When it opens just back it up to the beginning.

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Re: Rey de la Torre

Post by powderedtoastman » Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:10 pm

Thanks for sharing! I don't think I've listened to his playing yet.

In the SF Bay area there are a few people around who studied under him, so I've heard mentions of him maybe a little more often than you would in any other locale.

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Re: Rey de la Torre

Post by Ramon Amira » Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:22 pm

powderedtoastman wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:10 pm
Thanks for sharing! I don't think I've listened to his playing yet.

In the SF Bay area there are a few people around who studied under him, so I've heard mentions of him maybe a little more often than you would in any other locale.
Yes, after he had to stop performing due to a terrible and crippling disease – rheumatoid arthritis, he ended up teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory. Manuel Barrueco was one of his students.

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Re: Rey de la Torre

Post by JohnB » Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:40 pm

Ramon, thanks for creating the thread and posting the video.

His recording of Torroba's Sonatina is one that I keep coming back to, especially the slow movement which in his hands is very special - one of those performances where time stands still.

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Re: Rey de la Torre

Post by tateharmann » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:01 pm

JohnB wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:40 pm
His recording of Torroba's Sonatina is one that I keep coming back to, especially the slow movement which in his hands is very special - one of those performances where time stands still.
I have this LP! Love it :)
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Re: Rey de la Torre

Post by JohnB » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:25 pm

I'm not great judge of these things but what always strikes me is the freedom with which he plays (that isn't to say "uncontrolled") - as though there are no technical difficulties - just the flow of the music.

It is such a pity that he seems to have largely dropped out of guitarists consciousness these days. I have a couple of his LPs and intend to collect what I can, I'll then get then professionally cleaned and will then digitize (using my old Rega Planar 3 turntable) and use the noise/click removal tools in Sound Forge to clean them up. I might even get round to uploading the finished files onto YouTube.
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Re: Rey de la Torre

Post by Charles Mokotoff » Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:11 pm

One of my early teachers was his student, he was always raving about him, so I heard this name a great deal growing up.
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Re: Rey de la Torre

Post by Contreras » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:53 pm

I love and admire Rey de la Torre for a few reasons apart from his lyrical playing. He taught my guitar master, so I have only 1 degree of separation from him, and also he performed on a magnicent Simplicio (as Dofpic will tell you), and that inspired me to settle for nothing less.
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Re: Rey de la Torre

Post by ronjazz » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:57 am

I feel that Rey de la Torre was superior in both technique and musicianship to Segovia;I listened to these recordings as I learned, his playing was so warm and lyrical.
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