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Robert Beaser's "thrilling, expansive" Guitar Concerto on Linn Records

Sep. 01, 2017

Robert Beaser's "thrilling, expansive" <em>Guitar Concerto</em> on Linn Records

The world premiere commercial recording of Robert Beaser's Guitar Concerto, released on LINN Records, has been hailed by critics who have called the work "luminously orchestrated," (MusicWeb International) and "a thrilling, expansive composition brimming with terrific ideas" (Grammophone)—"big, confident and film-score vivid" (BBC Music Magazine).

The album features recordings of Beaser's Guitar Concerto along with Notes on a Southern Sky, Evening Prayer and Ground O, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, virtuoso guitarist Eliot Fisk, and conducted by José Serebrier. In its review of the album, Gramophone calls Beaser's music "accessible, emotionally direct and exciting," noting that "all four works [on the album] have those qualities in abundance."

(Beaser's Guitar Concerto performed by Fisk and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, 2014)

The two guitar works on the album, the solo piece Notes on a Southern Sky along with the Guitar Concerto, were written specifically for Fisk who describes them as "epic works of historical importance in the history of the guitar." The Guitar Concerto, an "immediately attractive, eclectic three-movement work," (The Whole Note) perfectly exploits Fisk's dazzling agility. The second movement in particular, writes BBC Music Magazine, "deserves to be a classical radio favourite."

View the score of Beaser's Guitar Concerto:

The extensive album booklet includes a foreword by composer John Corigliano, performances notes by Eliot Fisk and José Serebrier, and detailed insight into the works from Robert Beaser.

For more information on Robert Beaser, visit

Robert Beaser
Guitar Concerto (2009)
for guitar and orchestra

Notes on a Southern Sky (1980)
for guitar

Evening Prayer (2008)
for orchestra 

Ground O (2010)
for orchestra