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Christopher Parkening

Widely recognized as an heir to the legacy of Andres Segovia, Christopher Parkening was celebrated among the greatest contemporary classical guitar virtuosos of his generation. His prolific discography included The Pleasures of Their Company, a collaboration with soprano Kathleen Battle, Parkening Plays Vivaldi, an orchestral recording of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un gentilhombre, and A Tribute to Segovia, performed on one of the Spanish master's own concert guitars. As a guest soloist, Parkening appeared with many of the finest orchestras in the United States, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Minnesota Orchestras; the Chicago, Pittsburgh and National Symphony Orchestras; the Detroit, Houston and St. Louis Symphonies; and the St. Paul and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras. The author of The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method, Volume I, a basic pedagogy book, he was also a world class fly-fishing and casting champion who won the International Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament (known to aficionados as "the Wimbledon of fly-fishing"). ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Jubilation

1. Jubilation

2. The Water Is Wide

3. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

4. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

5. Cavatina

6. Ciranda Bambolé

7. Modinha

8. Lamento

9. Caçador

10. Campo

11. La Rosa Y El Sauce

12. America (My Country 'Tis Of Thee)

13. At The River

14. Ching-A-Ring Chaw

15. Cançoneta

16. Con Amores, La Mi Madre

17. Pampano Verde

18. La Arrulladora (From Platero And I)

19. Granadinas

20. Koyunbaba, Op. 19

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Track List: Grace Like A River

1. Koyunbaba

2. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring From Cantata

3. Rumores De La Caleta

4. Recuerdos De La Alhambra

5. Concierto De Aranjuez: II. Adagio

6. Etude No. 1 In E Minor

7. Romance

8. Empress Of The Pagodas

9. Preambulo & Allegro Vivo

10. Chaconne

11. II. Reflections From Concerto For Guitar & Orchestra For Two Christophers

12. Guitar Concerto #1 In D -Ritmico E Cavalleresco (3rd Movement)

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Track List: Elmer Berstein: Concerto For Guitar

1. I. Guitar From Concerto For Guitar & Orchestra For Two Christophers

2. II. Reflections From Concerto For Guitar & Orchestra For Two Christophers

3. III. Celebration From Concerto For Guitar & Orchestra For Two Christophers

4. The Alhambra - La Vega (2000 Digital Remaster)

5. I. Allegretto From Essay For Guitar (2000 Digital Remaster)

6. II. Andante Tranquillo From Essay For Guitar (2000 Digital Remaster)

7. III. Allegro Vivace From Essay For Guitar (2000 Digital Remaster)

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Track List: Christopher Parkening Celebrates Segovia

1. Sevilla From Suite Espanola No. 1 Op. 47

2. La Maja De Goya

3. Leyenda

4. Recuerdos De La Alhambra

5. Preludio

6. Variations Of A Theme By Mozart

7. Estudio Brillante

8. Etude No. 1 In E Minor

9. Capricho Arabe

10. El Noi De La Mare From Suite Catalan

11. Chaconne

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Track List: Christopher Parkening: The Great Recordings

Disc 1

1. Fugue from Violin Sonata No. 1 (J.S. Bach, BWV 1001)

2. Estudio brillante

3. Etude No. 1 in E minor

4. Recuerdos de la Alhambra

5. Leyenda

6. Romance

7. Rumores de la Caleta

8. Capricho Arabe

9. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring from Cantata

10. Prelude No. 1 from Well-Tempered Clavier

11. Prelude No. 6 from Well-tempered Clavier

12. Sleepers Awake from Canata No. 140

13. Allegro from Prelude, Fugue & Allegro

14. Cantata 208 (Sheep May Safely Graze)

15. Les Barncades mysterieuses

16. Preambulo & Allegro vivo

17. Passacaglia

18. The Girl With The Flaxen Hair

19. Gymnopedie No. 1

20. Empress of the Pagodas

21. Afro-Cuban Lullaby

Disc 2

1. Praeludium from Fourth Lute Suite

2. Three Hymns: Fairest Lord Jesus

3. Solemn Vespers K339: Praise Ye The Lord - Laudate Dominum (from Solemn Vespers K339)

4. Simple Gifts

5. Hymn Of Christian Joy

6. Cantata No. 29: We Thank Thee, Lord, We Thank Thee

7. Anoso from Cantata No. 156

8. What God Hath Done Is Rightly Done (Cantata No. 99)

9. Canon

10. Berceuse from Dolly Suite, Op. 56

11. Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve

12. Terezinha de Jesus

13. Prelude (in Baroque Style)

14. Intermezzo from Goyescas

15. Fugue from Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in E

16. Evening Dance

17. Variations of a theme by Mozart

18. Canarios from Suite espanola

19. La Maja de Goya

20. El Noi de la mare from Suite Catalan

21. Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez

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Track List: The Artistry Of Christopher Parkening

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Prelude For Lute In C Minor, Bwv 999 (Bc L171)

1. Prelude For Lute In C Minor, Bwv 999 (Bc L171): Prelude in C Minor

Title: Sonata For Solo Violin No. 1 In G Minor, Bwv 1001
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 1 In G Major, Bwv 1007
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 3 In C Major, Bwv 1009
Title: Partita For Solo Violin No. 2 In D Minor, Bwv 1004
Composer: Andrés Segovia
Title: Renaissance Pieces (2) For Lute, For Guitar

6. Renaissance Pieces (2) For Lute, For Guitar: Two Renaissance Pieces For Lute

Composer: Manuel Ponce
Title: Preludios Cortos (6) For Guitar (Six Short Preludes)

7. Preludios Cortos (6) For Guitar (Six Short Preludes): I. Moderato

Composer: Alexandre Tansman
Title: Cavatina Suite For Guitar

8. Cavatina Suite For Guitar: I. Preludio

9. Cavatina Suite For Guitar: II. Sarabande

Composer: Fernando Sor
Title: Complete Method For Guitar: No.13, Estudio
Composer: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Title: Melancolia, For Guitar

11. Melancolia, For Guitar: Melancolia

Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Andante Cantabile

12. Andante Cantabile: Andante Cantabile

Composer: Federico Mompou
Title: Cuna

13. Cuna: Cuna

Composer: Erik Satie
Title: Gymnopedie For Piano No.1
Title: Gymnopedie For Piano No.2
Title: Gymnopédies (3), For Piano (Also Orchestrated By Debussy)
Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: The Girl With The Flaxen Hair

17. The Girl With The Flaxen Hair: The Girl With The Flaxen Hair

Composer: Francis Poulenc
Title: Pastourelle, Ballet Movement (For Collab. Work, L'éventail De Jeanne), Fp 45

18. Pastourelle, Ballet Movement (For Collab. Work, L'éventail De Jeanne), Fp 45: Pastourelle

Composer: Maurice Ravel
Title: Pavane Of The Sleeping Beauty

19. Pavane Of The Sleeping Beauty: Pavane Of The Sleeping Beauty

Title: Empress Of The Pagodas

20. Empress Of The Pagodas: Empress Of The Pagaodas

Composer: Larry Marshall
Title: Afro-cuban Lullaby

21. Afro-cuban Lullaby: Afro-cuban Lullaby

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Track List: Simple Gifts (Sacred Music For Guitar)

1. Cantata No. 29: We Thank Thee, Lord, We Thank Thee

2. Our Great Saviour

3. God Of Grace And God Of Glory

4. Three Spirituals: Bretheren, We Have Met To Worship

5. Three Spirituals: Deep River

6. Three Spirituals: Jesus, We Want To Meet

7. Hansel And Gretel: Evening Prayer (From Hansel And Gretel)

8. Hymn Of Christian Joy

9. Simple Gifts

10. Three Hymns: Fairest Lord Jesus

11. Three Hymns: Stir Thy Church, O God Our Father

12. Three Hymns: All Creatures Of Our God And King

13. Austrian Hymn From Haydn's Quartet, Op. 76, No. 3: Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken

14. Solemn Vespers K339: Praise Ye The Lord - Laudate Dominum (From Solemn Vespers K339)

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Track List: A Bach Celebration

1. Cantata No. 29: We Thank Thee, Lord, We Thank Thee

2. Anoso From Cantata No. 156

3. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring From Cantata

4. How Joyful Is My Heart (Cantata 199)

5. Cantata 208 (Sheep May Safely Graze)

6. God Alone Should Have My Heart (Cantata 169)

7. Sleepers Awake From Canata No. 140

8. Withstand Firmly All Sin (Cantata 140)

9. What God Hath Done Is Rightly Done (Cantata No. 99)

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Track List: In The Spanish Style

1. Leyenda

2. Capricho Arabe

3. Rumores De La Caleta

4. No. 1 From Preludes

5. No. 2 From Preludes

6. No. 3 From Preludes

7. Estudio Brillante

8. Recuerdos De La Alhambra

9. Fantasia No. 10

10. Estudio No. 17 In E Minor

11. Estudio No. 19 In B Flat Major

12. Etude No. 1 In E Minor

13. Etude No. 11 In E Minor

14. Vats Venezolano No. 3

15. Four Preludes - No. 1 In F Sharp Minor, No. 2 In A Major, No. 4 In B Major, No. 6 In A Major

16. Catalonian Song

17. Romance

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Track List: Parkening Plays Bach

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Cantata No. 147, "Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben," Bwv 147 (Bc A174)
Title: Gavotte (Sonata VI For Violin, E Major Partita)
Title: Prelude And Fugue, For Keyboard No. 1 In C Major (Wtc I/1), Bwv 846 (Bc L80)
Title: Prelude And Fugue, For Keyboard No. 6 In D Minor (Wtc I/6), Bwv 851 (Bc L85)
Title: Prelude And Fugue, For Keyboard No. 9 In E Major (Wtc I/9), Bwv 854 (Bc L88)
Title: Cantata No. 208, "Was Mir Behagt," (Hunt Cantata), Bwv 208 (Bc G1, G3)
Title: Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, for lute in E flat major, BWV 998 (BC L132)
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 5 In C Minor, Bwv 1011
Title: Suite For Solo Cello No. 6 In D Major, Bwv 1012
Title: Cantata No. 140, "Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme," Bwv 140 (Bc A166)
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Title: Air (Sarabande) In E Major, Hwv 425
Title: Samson, Oratorio, Hwv 57
Composer: Robert de Visée
Title: Gigue And Double De La Gigue For Guitar/lute
Composer: Sylvius Leopold Weiss
Title: Passacaglia For Lute
Composer: François Couperin
Title: Second Livre Des Pièces De Clavecin, For Harpsichord
Composer: Alessandro Scarlatti
Title: Preambulo And Allegro Vivo

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