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New CD

„Guitarra Clásica del Perú“

Pedro Ximenez: 23 Minuets. Anonymous:Andante in E minor; Rondo in G; 8 Minuets; Largo in B minor; Fandango; Toccata.

Alexander-Sergei Ramirez (guitar)


AvI Music 8553316  

CD Review: Gorgeous Guitar Music from Unlikely Sources

January 21, 2015

The little-known composer Pedro Ximenez de Abrill produced hundreds of pieces of music during the first half of the 19th century, both in his native Peru and in neighboring Bolivia.

Most of his output didn’t make it out of South America, though some of his minuets for guitar turned up in Europe and found their way into the repertoire of a handful of popular players, particularly in Italy. (It has been suggested that Andres Segovia knew of the Ximenez guitar music, but he doesn’t appear to have played it in public if he did.) Only recently was a cache of Ximenez’s music discovered in Bolivia—a startling find which, over time, will no doubt add to the reputation of this talented and prolific composer. In the December 2014 issue of Classical Guitar, writer Steve Marsh raved about an exciting CD release featuring nearly a quarter of the Ximenez guitar minuets, called Guitarra Clasica Del Peru, played by Alexander-Sergei Ramirez:

In 2004, in Sucre, Bolivia, the American historian and author William L. Lofstrom was approached in the street by a man of Bolivian origin offering to sell him a vast quantity of antique hand-written music manuscripts from the pen of the Peruvian musician Pedro Ximenez de Abrill (1780-1857), an individual sometimes referred to as the “Rossini of South America” by his contemporaries. These documents, crafted on handmade rag paper and in almost pristine condition, were apparently discovered in a sizeable trunk which the man had inherited from four elderly deceased cousins. Ximenez de Abrill was a highly prolific composer who wrote psalms, masses, hymns, passions, symphonies, waltzes and sonatas—the list goes on. So important was this “find” that they now reside in the National Archives of Bolivia. You couldn’t make this story up!

Among the manuscripts were 100 minuets for solo guitar, 23 of which were chosen for this disc by Alexander-Sergei Ramirez—himself of Peruvian origin—and these have proven to be a real eye-opener, certainly for this reviewer, for without a doubt this recording contains some of the most splendidly charming pieces of guitar music from the 19th century I have come across. They are highly inventive, with strong melodic lines and musical appeal. If the minuets on this disc are representative of Ximenez de Abril’s music, then I can well see a surge in interest in his other works, as well.

The remainder of the program is of equal merit, with 13 very attractive anonymous works taken from two different collections: the Quaderno—Musica para Guitarra de Mathias Jose Maestro (1786) and Libro de Zifra (1805). Once more, these are compositions of high merit and musicality, none of them seemingly inserted into the program as simply “filler.” The absolute pinnacle of this recording has to be the Largo in B minor (from Quaderno…’), a profound, somber, strongly emotive, Weiss-like composition which is worth the price of this CD alone.

Alexander-Sergei Ramirez proves himself to be an excellent ambassador for these works, and one cannot really imagine these performances improved in any way. The recorded sound is top-class, as are the sleeve notes and well-designed packaging. A quality release from every aspect, and very highly recommended.


Die Gitarre ist „das“ klassische Soloinstrument Lateinamerikas. Und als wahre Schätze erweisen sich die Gitarrenstücke des erst vor Kurzem „wiederentdeckten“ peruanischen Komponisten Pedro Ximénez (1780 –1857). Der in Düsseldorf lebende peruanische Gitarrist Alexander-Sergei Ramirez hat Ximénez so eindringlich mit Noblesse, Feingefühl und großer Herzens-Intensität zum Leben erweckt, dass man schon nach dem ersten der insgesamt 24 „Minuets“, die 1844 in Paris erschienen, der faszinierenden Schönheit seines Spiels erliegt, und sich dann mehr als eine Stunde lang wundert über die musikalische Qualität und die lyrische Kraft dieser meist einfach gebauten, 32 Takte langen Miniaturen. Das ist das schönste, das suggestivste Gitarrenalbum seit Langem und ein weiteres empfindsames Plädoyer für die Intimität und den Zauber der klassischen Gitarre, die, wenn sie so leuchtend und perfekt gespielt wird, endlich auch in unseren Breitengraden mehr Freunde finden sollte.

Attila Csampai, Crescendo Magazine

Now available:

100 Minuetos by Pedro Ximénez de Abrill Tirado (1780-1856)

Scores of the 100 Minuetos by Pedro Ximénez de Abrill Tirado

Chanterelle Verlag im Allegra Musikverlag, Michael Macmeeken,

Edited by Alexander-Sergei Ramírez

Zimmermann Verlag

ECH 2707

ISMN: M-2047-2707-0

EAN: 9990001394653

100 Minuetos by the great composer from Perú:

Pedro Ximénez Abrill Tirado (1780, Arequipa, Perú-1856, Sucre, Bolivia)

“One of the greatest discoveries of the classical guitar repertoire in the past decades!” ORF - Austrian Radio

Further Infos: https://www.musikverlag-zimmermann.de/…/100-minuetos-fuer-gitarre solo

We proudly present the first complete modern publication of the 100 Minuets for guitar by Pedro
Ximénez de Abrill Tirado (1780, Arequipa, Peru - 1856, Sucre, Bolivia). The recently found works of
this legendary and prolific composer include, among others, 40 Symphonies, 48 Masses, 226 songs
with piano accompaniment, 50 Waltzes for piano, Chamber works, and various guitar works and in
2013 were registered with the UNESCO “Memory of the World” list. Pedro Ximénez was certainly
one of the foremost South American composers of all times. Little wonder that this contemporary
of Fernando Sor was acclaimed as “The Rossini of the Americas” These Minuets for guitar solo are
a most welcome addition to the classical guitar repertory and important contribution to the history
of the Latin American guitar history.
One of the greatest discoveries of classical guitar repertoire for several decades!
ORF [Austrian Radio]




Ramirez on a journey discovering the beauty and power of classical guitarmusic from all over the world!

Compositions from Spain, Russia, Turkey, Japan, Australia, USA, Puerto-Rico, Perú, Cameroon…

Further info:


Joaquin Turina
                                1) Sevillana (Fantasia), op. 29

Carlo Domeniconi      Koyunbaba, op. 19
(Suite for Guitar)
                                2) Moderato
                                3) Mosso
                                4) Cantabile
                                5) Presto

Nikita Koshkin
                                 6) Merlin´s Dream

Yuquijiro Yokoh
                                  7) Variations on "Sakura"

Phillip Houghton
                                  8) Kinkachoo, I love you

William Bland
                                   9) Rag Nouveau

Puerto Rico:
Ernesto Cordero           Tres Cantigas Negras
                                  10) Canto Negroriano
                                  11) Danza Del Cimarrón
                                  12) Elegia Negra

Antonio Lauro
                                  13) Vals Venezolano No. 3

Alejandro Nunez-Allauca
                                  14) Koribeni No. 2 (first recording)
D. Reis
                                  15) Si ela perguntar

Astor Piazzolla
                                   16) Verano Porteno

Francis Bebey
                                    17) The magic Box

"Very rarely might one heard a more fascinating guitar-recording"

" …with a virtuosity beyond all criticism and an extremly sensual tone - it was a true musical treat for every aficionado of guitar music!"

Played with unbelievable virtuosity, which was combined with profound musicality, and a crystalline clarity, Ramirez´s "Odyssey" is a multivision for the ears with its brilliant quality. His way of playing is dramatic and powerful. Ramirez is a free explorer among guitarists, capable of climbing without any ropes, the impenetrable peaks of great difficulty with an ease and smoothness that appears seemingly effortless.

Gitarrenwerke von
Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)

Further info:


la catedral
estilo uruguayo
aire de zamba
vals, op.8,3
danza paraguaya no.1
sargento cabral (zamba)
confesíon (romanza)
preludio, op.5,1

choro da saudade
leyenda de espana
las abejas
oracion por todos
el sueno de la munequita
vals de primavera
la samaritana
mazurca apasionada
cueca (danza chilena)
villancico de navidad
una limosna por el amor de dios

"Just about the most engrossing 75 minutes I can imagine. I talk back here, with humility and shame, everything negative I ever said about this music.
I can´t describe this performance in words. You will simply have to take my word for it and get yourself a copy of this incredible recording before it disappears. Trust me, this is unique...." Matanya Ophee

The Most Romantic Classics



Romantic arias, songs and
instrumental classics

Bartoli · Caballé · Carreras · Domingo · Heppner · Karajan
Kožená · Maisky · von Otter · Pavarotti · Previn · Ramirez

Shaham · Sinopoli · Terfel · Yepes ·  a.o.




J. Rodrigo : Concierto de Aranjuéz

Bizet,  Chueca, Giménez, de Falla

Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur
Conductor: Jac van Steen
Guitarist: Alexander-Sergei Ramírez

"Gitarrenwerke von Fernando Sor (1778-1839)"
Op. 14, 15, 26, 28, 59 und Fantasia op. posthum


Denon CO-78975

"Ramirez zaubert gitarristische Farben und organisiert die Stimmverläufe ohne jegliche Aussetzer. Ein virtuoses Hörabenteuer.
STEREO, Deutschland

F. Sor
Gran Solo, Op. 14

Introduction et Variations sur l'Air "Marlborough" op..28

Fantaisie Elégiaque, Op.59

Sonata in C major, Op. 15b

Introduction et Variations sur l'Air '"Que suis-je la Fougère", Op.26

Fantasia Op. posthum

"Guitarworks by H. Villa-Lobos & A. Ginastera"

12 Etüden und 5 Preludes (Villa-Lobos) und Sonate op. 47 (Ginastera)

Denon CO-78931

"Es sind noch einige andere gute Aufnahmen der Ginastera Sonate erhältlich, jedoch ist keine besser als diese..."
John Duarte, Gramophone, USA

H. Villa-Lobos
12 Etüden
Nr. 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5, 6, 7, 8
     9, 10, 11, 12

5 Preludes 
Nr.1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Sonata for Guitar op.47
Esordio: Solenne
Scherzo: Fantastico
Canto: Rapsodico
Final: Presto e fogoso

"Recuerdos de la Alhambra"
5 Centuries of spanish guitar classics


Denon CO-75715

"Spanische Schule par excellence..."
STEREO, Deutschland

J. Turina
Homenaje a Tarrega 
A. Mudarra
L.d. Narváez
Canción del

7 Diferencias sobre "Guardame las vacas"
G. Sanz
F. Sor
Variations on a theme of Mozart 
F. Tarrega
Capricho Arabe
Recuerdos de la Alhambra 
F. Moreno-Torróba
I. Albéniz
Rumores de la Caleta

"Canciones y Danzas Espanolas"
Spanische Gitarrenmusik von I. Albéniz, F. Moreno-Torroba, J. Turina und J. Rodrigo

Denon CO-75357

J. Turina

F. Moreno-Torroba
Suite Castellana

I. Albéniz

J. Rodrigo
Romance de Durandarte 
En los Trigales 
Invocación y Danza 

J. Turina

"...Ich kann mir keine bessere Einführung in die Wunder
dieses Repertoires vorstellen. Auf allen Ebenen: absolute
W. Zagorsky, FANFARE, USA