Superb Musical and Technical Skill

By Timothy Smith

In his debut disc, Zane Forshee has selected several iconic classical guitar works through which he displays his unique musical voice. Although typically recognized for his interpretation of contemporary works, of the three composers featured on the CD, the Sonata by Leo Brouwer is the only 20th century work presented. Dispelling any question as to his competency when handling earlier works, Forshee opens with three popular Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. The three Sonatas cover a wide range of drama and tempo, and highlight Forshee’s superb musical and technical skill. The Brouwer Sonata that follows is one of this composers most critically acclaimed and widely known works. Throughout the first movement Forshee does an excellent job of maintaining the anxious and turbulent essence of the music, which is then tastefully released through is delicate and peaceful rendition of the second movement. The recording closes with the familiar Mallorca by Isaac Albéniz, which contrasts nicely with the works by Scarlatti and Brouwer. Overall the disc is an excellent introduction to Forshee’s musical voice, and I look forward to hearing more from him in the future.

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