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Historic Guitar and Top Musicians Heard on New Christmas CD

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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 settings.

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.

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