Narciso Yepes 1979 Recital, 1984 Concert Programmes

This 1979 recital of Narciso Yepes has to date received over a million views, on this video alone. Including uploads of individual items (e.g. Recuerdos de la Alhambra), it has in fact been viewed c. 6 million times.

The recital is now also available with restored audio quality in the following playlist:

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KÜHNEL: Suite (for baroque lute)


BACH: Sarabande & Double BWV 1002 – @11:43

BACH: Chaconne BWV 1004 – @18:46

SOR: Fantasie Villageoise, op. 52 – @33:38

SOR: Variations sur “Marlborough s’en va-t-en guerre”, op. 28 – @42:37

PERIS: Elegía para Gisela (for 10-string guitar) – @48:29

KUČERA: Diary (Homage to Che Guevara) – @55:50

-Day of Love
-Day of Hate
-Day of Decision
-Day of Battle
-Day of Death

BROUWER: Tarantos – @01:08:41

VILLA-LOBOS: Etudes nos. 1, 11, 12 – @1:13:14

BACARISSE: Passepied (encore 1) – @1:23:33

ANONYMOUS: Brian Boru’s March (encore 2) – @1:27:42

TÁRREGA: Recuerdos de la Alhambra (encore 3) – @1:33:20

GALILEI: Saltarello (encore 4)- @1:38:35

RUIZ-PIPÓ: Danza no. 1 (encore 5) – @1:42:02

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As Fritz Buss points out (in this interview), Yepes usually had about four or five programmes of this length committed to memory at any given time (excluding concertos). As an example, here are a few recital programmes from April-May 1984:

  • May 1, 1984, Great Hall, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg:


Music by Alfonso X, Kellner, Bach, Giuliani, Satie, Villa-Lobos, Peris, Balada, Tárrega:


  • May 10, 1984, Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg:


Music by Adriaensen, Falckenhagen, Scarlatti, Bach, Falla, Sainz de la Maza, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Brouwer, Ginastera:


  • May 20, 1984, Civic Theatre, Johannesburg, in duo with Godelieve Monden:


Music by Johnson, Ford, Telemann, Carulli, Gurdjieff, Petit, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Rodrigo:


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Moreover, as Yepes mentioned (in this  interview), by 1981/’82 he had c. 23 concertos in his repertoire, to which could be added (at least) those by Françaix, Marco (Eco), Balada (Persistencias), Moreno-Buendía, and Hovahness (No. 2) that came later.

Yepes’s performance of the Adagio from Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez (with its transcendent, non-textual elements that so nag at the straitjackets of formalist minds) has received c. 4 million views, on this upload alone: