Journey To The New World
(Sony Masterworks)


Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin is one of the preeminent musicians in the world and she brings her legacy into the 21st century with her 2009 CD Journey To The New World. Released by Sony Masterworks, the CD is something of a departure for Ms. Isbin. Featuring folk music icon Joan Baez and violin virtuoso Mark O’Connor, Journey To The New World combines classical guitar sounds with 20th century American folk music. Commenting on her CD Ms. Isbin adds, ‘It’s one of the most unusual and creative albums I’ve ever done. It’s been percolating subconsciously for many years, because folk music was my introduction to guitar and I have been touched so powerfully by the music and voice of Joan Baez.’ Folk and classical music are two of the most vital outlets for guitarists and when combined they yield some heavenly musical fruit. In fine form still, Joan Baez is featured here on a couple of tracks and O’Connor is prominently featured on his self-composed “Strings & Threads Suite.” Other highlights of the 29 track Journey To The New World include Isbin performing the music of classical guitar icon Andrew York and the world premier recording of the seven part instrumental “Joan Baez Suite” written as a tribute by the late English composer John Duarte. In fact, it was after she heard Ms. Isbin performing the “Joan Baez Suite” that Ms. Baez offered to sing on the album. A rewarding spin from start to finish, Journey To The New World is a fine choice for fans of both classical guitar music and acoustic guitar-based American folk music.


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