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April 30, 2008 "Thomas Humphrey Interview "
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This week’s edition of CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! features an artist profile of American luthier Thomas Humphrey, who died on April 16, 2008 at the age of 59. In an interview recorded in 2001, Thomas Humphrey discusses his approach and philosophy of guitar-making, and his evolution from a maker of traditional instruments to his radical “Millenium” design, which appeared to him in a dream.  One of the world’s leading guitar builders, Thomas Humphrey-made instruments are played by many concertizing classical guitarists.

Thomas Humphrey

Public Radio Satellite System uplink:
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 1300 Eastern Time digital stereo channel: A68.1

Program ID# 08-D65-00018
Title: Thomas Humphrey Interview

In Cue: MUSIC IN "Hello and welcome to.."
Out Cue: MUSIC IN "...another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!"
Program Length: 58:57


Bizet: Carmen Suite: Prelude
Los Romeros (Philips 412-609)


Scarlatti: Sonata K27
Eliot Fisk, guitar
GSP Recordings 1008

Interview: “That’s a very good question… … that sounds like me.”
Ponce: Prelude in f#minor
Adam Holzman, guitar
Naxos 8.553822

Interview: "I can certainly say that starting in 1970 through 1980, those were really growth years… … in 1982, everything changed and the guitars became a tribute to the old Spanish guitars."
Piazzolla: Ausencias
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Assad guitar duo
Nonesuch 79632

Interview: "The dream! The dream!, … … that was it. That was the last time I made a conventional guitar."
Ivanov-Kramskoi: Lullaby
David Starobin, guitar
Bridge 9004

Interview: "It’s really interesting; if you make guitars, there’s a lot of pressure coming from the outside, and I still to this day say that whoever makes the loudest first string will sell the most number of guitars… … from a very young age, I played the cello, and was very sensitive to the composer."
Brouwer: Concierto Elegiaco
Ricardo Cobo, guitar
Pro Musica Kiev
Richard Kapp, conductor
Essay 1040

Interview: "A young guitar maker came to me the other day… … unless you find the true path, you cannot walk it."
Kleynjans: Two Barcarolles
Ricardo Cobo, guitar
Ellipses Arts 964270

Interview: "This young guy I was talking about came to me and said, ‘So how do I make my guitars better?… … you certainly can’t express yourself as an individual; you can’t develop that personality that Ive been talking about unless you can pinpoint it."
Assad: Natsu No Niwa Suite: Watermelon, Summer Garden, Butterflies
Assad Guitar Duo
GHA 126.029
Assad: Natsu No Niwa Suite: Farewell
Assad Guitar Duo
GHA 126.029


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