Fernando Sor

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Fernando Sor o Josep Ferran Sorts i Muntades (baptized 14 February 1778 – died 10 July 1839) was a Spanish classical guitarist and composer. While he is best known for his guitar compositions, he also composed music for a wide range of genres, including opera, orchestra, string quartet, piano, voice, and ballet. His ballet score Cendrillon (Cinderella) received over one hundred performances. Sor's works for guitar range from pieces for beginning players to advanced players such as Variations on a Theme of Mozart. Sor's contemporaries considered him to be the best guitarist in the world, and his works for guitar have been widely played and reprinted since his death. Although modern classical guitar players usually do, Sor rarely used his ring finger and refused the usage of nails when playing.

As Sor's works were published in various countries, his name was translated, leading to variations in the spelling. Variations have included Joseph Fernando Macari Sors, Fernando Sor, Ferran Sor, Ferdinand Sor, and Ferdinando Sor.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Ariette italiane, Seguidillas & Variaciones Fernando Sor; Montserrat Figueras, José Miguel Moreno 1
1993 Fantaisies Fernando Sor 1
1993 Julian Bream Edition, Volume 27: Music of Spain, Guitarra Boccherini, Mudarra, Sor, Narváez, Tárrega; Julian Bream 1
1995 Guitar Music Opp. 58, 59 & 60 Fernando Sor 1
1995 20 Studies for the Guitar Fernando Sor 1
1996 Grandes Sonates, Opp. 22 & 25 / Divertissement, Op. 23 / Eight Small Pieces, Op. 24 Fernando Sor; Adam Holzman 1
1996 Six Divertimenti, Op. 13 / "Gran solo", Op. 14 / Folies d'Espagne, Op. 15a / Cinquième fantaisie, Op. 16 (Marc Teicholz) Fernando Sor 1
1996 Introduction and Variations, opp. 26-28 / Douze études, op. 29 / Fantaisie et Variations brillantes, op. 30 Fernando Sor; Jeffrey McFadden 1
1998 Souvenir d'amitié, op. 46 / Six petites pièces, op. 47 / Est-ce bien ça ?, op. 48 / À la bonne heure, six waltzes, op. 51 Fernando Sor; Jeffrey McFadden 1
1998 Fantaisie, op. 10 / Thèmes et Menuets, op. 11 / Fantaisie, op. 12 Fernando Sor; John Holmquist 1
1998 Six Divertimenti, op. 1 / Six Divertimenti, op. 2 / Thème varié et un minuet, op. 3 / Fantasía, op. 4 / Six Petites Pièces, op. 5 Fernando Sor; Norbert Kraft 1
2001 Sor & Giuliani Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani; David Starobin 1
2004 Romantic Guitar Duets Sor, Giuliani, Mertz, Pettoletti; Peter Pieters, Micheline Dumortier 1
2005 Les plus belles pages Fernando Sor; David Starobin 1
2011 Le Calme: Fernando Sor Late Works Fernando Sor; William Carter 2
2016 24 Progressive Lessons, op. 31 / 6 Little Pieces, op. 32 Fernando Sor; Norbert Kraft, Jeffrey McFadden 1
Complete Works for Guitar Duo (Claudio Maccari & Paolo Pugliese) Fernando Sor / Napoléon Coste 1

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