Memories of Compostela – HEAR NOW
Dedication to Jose Tomas
This album is dedicated to maestro Jose Tomas – guitarist, teacher and musical interpreter of enormous influence worldwide.
A Note from the Artist
My passion for Spain, its language, music and culture, has deeply influenced this recording. Memories of Compostela is a remembrance of my studies with Maestro Tomas at the Oscar Espla Conservatory in Alicante, Spain and of my studies at “Musica en Compostela,” with both Maestro Tomas and Andres Segovia. My memories of those years flow through the repertoire of this cd, which is dedicated to Jose Tomas. His unparalleled passion for music and the guitar inspired a generation of guitarists worldwide.
“Suite Compostelana” by Federico Mompou
The cd opens with Federico Mompou’s “Suite Compostelana,” a programmatic work that evokes images of the great cathedral and the arrival of pilgrims, as sojourners have done since the ninth century.
The Making of this Recording
The original sessions for the 1996 Ascencion Recordings release “Cathedral” took place over time between 1994 and 1997, on location at several churches in Washington DC and in northeastern NC. Recording engineer Cathy Pescevich (Kreplin) chose Microtech Geffel m295 and m296 microphones for the project. Her goal was to capture the sound of Gordon’s instrument with unrivaled naturalness and clarity.
Re-mastered for today’s audiophile listener, these beautiful recorded performances by guitarist Gordon Kreplin have been re-packaged and released as “Memories of Compostela,” a dedication to guitarist and teacher Jose Tomas.
About Guitarist, Gordon Kreplin
Gordon Kreplin has performed throughout the US, Spain, Portugal and South America. Critics and audiences alike have experienced his performances as having an easy warmth. His concerts in Spain and South America were sponsored by the United States Information Service (USIS). Kreplin received an A+ rating from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and USIS for touring abroad.
Kreplin’s teachers include Jose Tomas at the Oscar Espla Conservatory (where he studied for two years), Andres Segovia at Musica de Compostela, and John Marlow at American University. Kreplin served for four years in the North Carolina Visiting Artist program. He has taught at various universities in the U.S. Kreplin also taught at El Conservatorio de Horta on the island of Faial in Portugal .
Bio and Artist Statement
For so long the question of artistic relevance has eluded me. My first career included giving concerts and teaching throughout the United States, South America and Europe.