Lily Afshar

Hemispheres CD HotList

This is a fascinating collection of classical guitar pieces drawing on a wide variety of world music traditions, including a newly commissioned work by Reza Vali (for which Afshar installed quarter-tone frets on her guitar) and world premier performances of pieces by Gerard Drozd, Garry Eister and others. Any collection supporting a classical guitar curriculum should consider this disc an essential purchase. (RA)

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Rick Anderson has worked in libraries since 1988, and has been an active musician for most of his life, playing in symphony orchestras, jazz combos, dance bands, fife-and-drum companies, bluegrass bands and Celtic groups. He edits the Sound Recording Reviews column for Notes (the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association) and is a regular contributor to the All-Music Guide. He began publishing CD HotList: New Releases for Libraries in 1999.