Jürg Kindle has been a well known name in the guitar scene for decades. As a composer he has composed hundreds of works, from solo guitar works to chamber music with guitar to commissioned works for large guitar and mandolin orchestras. His compositions are performed worldwide and can already be seen on over 200 youtube videos. As an arranger, he has not skipped any style of music.
His spectacular album of orchestral works by Antonio Vivaldi with guitar quintet was celebrated worldwide. As an interpreter of his own guitar works, he has reached half a million streams on Spotify within six months. With his latest album “Spanish & Latin Guitar” Jürg Kindle has drawn a wonderful panorama with original works from Spain, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil.
Among them is the highly emotional “Milonga del Angel” by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1991), the king of Tango nuevo or Julia Florida of the Paraguayan Indian chief and Chopin worshiper Augustin Barrios Mangore (1885-1944).
Kindle has given some original works a new timbre. So he interpreted the famous Milonga by Jorge Cardoso as a duo with steel string guitars and in the repetition, the themes are counterpointed by two mandolins. The famous Mexican folk song la bamba has been reworked into a solo piece by Jürg Kindle.
In addition, Caribbean rhythms are played on the guitar body. “Danza de la paloma enamorada” (Dance of the Doves in love) by Argentinian poet and guitarist Atahualpa Yupanqui (1908-1992) is a wonderful piece. The cooing and dancing of the doves is musically implemented by means of arpeggios and glissandos.
“Mallorca” by Spanish national composer Isaac Albéniz is an epic piece of almost 8 minutes in length. Originally it was composed for piano. Like many piano works by Albéniz, including the famous “Asturias”, “Mallorca” also became famous on the guitar. When Francisco Tarrega had played his guitar arrangements to the composer, Albéniz replied that he had exactly the sound of the guitar in his ear when composing the works.
“Nevando Está” The first snow, is originally a Bolivian folk song. It was arranged in the present version by the Argentine composer and senior guitarist Eduardo Falu and thus became famous in the guitar literature.
Manuel Ponce, the Mexican national composer (1882-1942) has two works on the album, “Scherzino Mexicano” and “Por Ti Mi Corazon”. Both pieces are adaptations of Mexican folk songs.
In homage to the great Brazilian father of bossa nova, Baden Powell, Jürg Kindle recorded the Brazilian portrait “Retrato Brasileiro”.
The album captivates with its variety of musical richness. Kindle uses guitars with cedar and spruce top and also steel string guitar and mandolin. The interpretations captivate with virtuosity on the one hand and the richness of sound colors on the other hand. In the 600 years of guitar repertoire, the romantic pieces from Spain and Latin America play a central role for Kindle. so this is always clearly heard in his compositions.