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Double Echo – New Guitar Concertos from the Americas

Released in 2021

This disc includes concertos written for David Tanenbaum by Aaron Jay Kernis and Roberto Sierra. Also on the disc is the Double Concerto for guitar and bandoneon by Astor Piazzolla, as well as first recordings of two smaller works of Aaron Jay Kernis, his Soliloquy for solo guitar, written for David Tanenbaum’s 60th birthday, and Kernis’ arrangement of his own piano piece Lullaby for violin and guitar.

Bonus tracks available to stream only are the two movements of Village Music by Dušan Bogdanovic, also dedicated to Tanenbaum.

Sofia Gubaidulina-Complete Guitar Works

Released in 2021

This disc includes two solo pieces from the 1960’s (one a world premiere recording) and two more recent larger chamber works with guitars.

As She Sings

Released in 2021

On March 12, 2021 New Focus records in New York released As She Sings, a recording of five works written for David Tanenbaum over a 44 year span, from his father Elias Tanenbaum’s solo piece Music for Guitar (1972) to Sérgio Assad’s Shadows and Light (2016). In between the disc includes Games (2002) by Dušan Bogdanovi? for mezzo soprano, guitar, flute, bass and 2 percussion players on ceramic gongs; Five Pieces for Guitar and Live Electronics (2007) by Ronald Bruce Smith, and the title track, As She Sings (1999), by John Anthony Lennon. 

Royal Winter Music – Stradivarius STR 33670

Released in 2005

Royal Winter MusicHans Werner Henze‘s complete cycle, Royal Winter Music: 2 Sonatas based on Shakespearean Characters (1976,1979) David Tanenbaum’s second recording of this piece.

Waking Dances: Guitar Music of Jorge Liderman – Bridge 9150

Released in 2004

Waking Dances

Waking Dances for Solo Guitar
Swirling Streams with bass clarinet and string trio

World Guitar Ensemble: Crossing Borders – WGE 080603-1

Released in 2004

Crossing BordersWith Aniello Desiderio, Ivo Kaltchev, Laura Young, Peppino D’Agostino, Olaf Van Gonnissen, Thomas Muller-Pering, Gyan Riley, & Zoran Dukic. Conducted by Helmut Oesterreich.

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and music by Riley, D’Agostino, Brouwer, Chick Corea and Ferdinand Forsch.

Heartsongs – Sharper Image

Released in 2003

HeartsongsSong for Faruk with Peppino D’agostino

Serenado-Lou Harrison – New Albion NA 123

Released in 2003

Serenado-Lou HarrisonComplete guitar music of Lou Harrison, including his last piece, Scenes from Nek Chand (first recording) and arrangements of harp and piano music. With Willie Winant, percussion; Gyan Riley, guitar; Joel Davel and Scott Evans, percussion.

Naive and Sentimental Music – Nonesuch Records B00005UW1A

Released in 2002

Naive and Sentimental MusicJohn Adams: Naive and Sentimental Music

Orchestral work with guitar solo by David Tanenbaum with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Classical Guitar Highlights Vol. 1 – Acoustic Music

Released in 2002

Weiss: Allemande

Y Bolanzero – Cadenza CAD 800879

Released in 2001

Y BolanzeroWith Terry Riley, Helmut Oesterreich and the Jugendgitarrenorchester Baden-Wurttemberg.

Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint (Tanenbaum as soloist)
Terry Riley: Y Bolanzero (Tanenbaum as soloist)
Leo Brouwer: Acerca del cielo, el aire y la sonrisa
Chick Corea: Spain
Henry Brant: Rosewood (Tanenbaum as conductor in a live performance in Frankurt, 1996 with 134 guitars)

David Tanenbaum Plays Weiss – Acoustic Music Records 319.1248.242

Released in 2001

David Tanenbaum Plays WeissLute Music of Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1686-1750) on guitar


Released in 2000

Classic/SteelDuos with Steel String guitarist Peppino D’Agostino

Bach: Two Sinfonias
Vivaldi: Concerto in D Major
D’Agostino: 4 Pieces
Ponzio: Tarantula
Anon: Valse Venezolienne
Maxwell-Davies: Farewell to Stromness
Nato Lima: Blue Angel

Pavane – Acoustic Music Records 319.1219 242

Released in 2000

PavaneTranscriptions of piano works of Debussy, Ravel and Satie.

The Book of Abbeyozzud – New Albion 106

Released in 1999

Book of AbbeyozzudTerry Riley Guitar Music; with Gyan Riley, guitar; Tracy Silverman, violin; Willie Winant, percussion; with a guest appearance by Terry Riley on percussion.

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David Tanenbaum – New Albion 095

Released in 1997

David Tanenbaum

First Recordings of:
Steve Reich: Nagoya Guitar
Lew Richmond: Three Preludes
Aaron Jay Kernis: Partita
Frank Zappa: Waltz
Terry Riley: Barabas
Alan Hovhaness: Sonatas I and II

Schemers and Dreamers – Acoustic Guitar magazine on CD Volume 1

Released in 1997

Takemitsu: All in Twilight (Second Movement)

Last Letters from Stalingrad – Albany Records

Released in 1997

Last Letters from StalingradGuitar Chamber Music of Elias Tanenbaum.

100 Greatest Dance Hits – New Albion 083

Released in 1996

Aaron Jay Kernis: 100 Greatest Dance Hits

With the Chester String Quartet

Aaron Jay Kernis: 100 Greatest Dance Hits for guitar and string quartet

Manuel Barrueco plays Lennon and McCartney – EMI7243 5 442282 5

Released in 1994

Manuel Barrueco Plays Lennon & McCartneyPenny Lane, Fool on the Hill, She’s Coming Home for 2 guitars

Astor Piazzola: El Porteño – New Albion 065

Released in 1994

Astor Piazzolla: El PorteñoSergio Assad‘s new arrangements of The Four Seasons Portenos, Cinco Piezas, La Muerte de Angel, Milonga del Angel, Chau Paris

Silesian Guitar Autumn – Tychy PRK 005

Released in 1993

Tarrega: Alborado
Piazzolla: Verano Porteño

Beaming Contrasts – New Albion 060

Released in 1993

Beaming ContrastsWith the Alexander String Quartet

Peter Scott Lewis: Beaming Contrasts  for guitar and string quartet

The Perilous Chapel – New Albion 055

Released in 1993

The Perilous ChapelGuitar and percussion music of Lou Harrison, with Willie Winant.

Great American Guitar Solo – Neuma 45C-84

Released in 1993

Great American Guitar SoloFirst recordings of American music:

Bolcom: Seasons
Curtis-Smith: Great American Guitar Solo
Johanson: Mortua Dulce Cano
Currier: Sonata
Korde: Time Grids for guitar and tape

Ensemble Modern – Ars Musici AM 0859-2

Released in 1992

Ensemble ModernHenze’s guitar concerto, An Eine Aolsharfe, written for David Tanenbaum in 1986, with the composer conducting the Ensemble Modern.

Legends of Guitar: Classical – Rhino 70563

Released in 1991

Legends of Guitar: ClassicalScarlatti: Sonata K. 336

Acoustic Counterpoint – New Albion 032

Released in 1991

Acoustic Counterpoint

With the Shanghai String Quartet

First recordings of
Tippett: The Blue Guitar
Steve Reich: Electric Counterpoint (acoustic version)
Maxwell-Davies: Sonata
Sierra: Triptico for guitar and string quartet
Takemitsu: All in Twilight

Estudios – GSP 1000

Released in 1990

Brouwer: 20 Estudios Sencillos
Carcassi: 25 Estudios Op. 60
Sor: 20 Etudes

Christmas Guitars – Green Linnet 1103

Released in 1989

Christmas GuitarsBenefit for the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Weiss: Passacaglia

Lute Masterworks – Innova Digital Archive 1001

Released in 1987


Guitar recording of

Da Milano, Dowland: fantasies
J.S. Bach: Lute Suite BWV 995