Guitar Salon International (GSI) is proud to announce the release of the
new CD IN DULCI JUBILO ("In sweet rejoicing”), by German-born classical
guitarist Eva Beneke. On the disc Beneke brings together a winning
combination of timeless Christmas music, top-notch performers, and the
sound of a historic Herman Hauser guitar.
By special arrangement with David Collett of GSI, Beneke recorded IN
DULCI JUBILO on what is believed to be the very last guitar built by famed
German luthier Herman Hauser Sr. (1882-1952). Hauser is considered
Germany’s most important luthier and is numbered among the world’s
greatest guitar makers.
The tracks on the album include solo and ensemble arrangements of
melodies spanning six centuries and including German traditional songs,
carols beloved by American audiences, and such classics as Händel’s
"Hallelujah Chorus” and selections from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
The sound of the Hauser guitar is especially spotlighted on the
recording’s four solo numbers. Elsewhere, Beneke is joined by Grammy-
winning guitarist Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet for six
duets and by top Los Angeles chamber musicians for four ensemble
Beneke is a virtuoso guitarist who recently earned her doctorate in guitar
performance the University of Southern California in Los Angeles after
studies at Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar, Germany. She has won
prizes at international guitar festivals in The Netherlands, Italy and the
U.S, and has performed on internationally broadcast radio and television
programs. Her career highlights include appearances with the German
Symphony Orchestra; invitations for festival appearances in Peru,
Germany, Lithuania, the U.S. and Canada; and a televised performance
with famed singer Carrie Underwood. In September 2012, Eva Beneke
joined the faculty of McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul,
Minnesota. For more information on this recording, click here.