This post heralds a little cheeky series, the Khazi Concert, of footage I have been working on. All based on the premise:
“If it is good enough for Hendrix, it’s good enough for me!”
The Khazi Concert Series
This first YouTube video that heralds the series is from a huge giant of the Romantic period: Napoleon Coste. He was a former student of Fernando Sor and stretched the classical guitar language that little bit further from Sor. As a consequence I am a huge fan, especially when the music is undiscovered – something of a rarity these days.
World Premiere Recording
The world premiere of Opus 49 went out in July 2017. It was a mad rush to get these down onto tape as I was also moving country. Nothing quite like timing! Any way below is a link to the EP if you wish to buy it.
The scores, which have been modernized along with my editorial interference, also include a facsimile of the original publication. It is possible to play some of these pieces two ways as Coste was one of the first 7 string guitarists – way before Steve Vai or George Van Eps. (Who knew!) So Preludes 1 & 3 have two versions, one in Drop D (or seven string guitar) tuning and then one in standard tuning. There is also a version with TAB for those who wish to read some numbers.