Barely half a century ago, the guitar was such a rarity in the concert hall that even an outstanding player like Julian Bream was remarkable as a pioneer as much as for his exceptional technique and musicality. Today, by contrast, the field is richly populated – thanks not only to Bream’s own inspiring example to younger players but also to the vastly increased repertoire, so much of which he also instigated.
Apple Music: https://itun.es/gb/_9Iskb
Presto Classical (CD): http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Delphian/DCD34193
1 – 5: William Walton Five Bagatelles
“Everything here is rich in melody and Shibe is as articulate a virtuoso as Bream, communicating the precision of these intimate chamber pieces with real passion. It also speaks volumes of an adventurous musician that, singularity of instrument aside, the album could hardly be further from the music Shibe played at the East Neuk Festival on the road to a week’s run a the Edinburgh Fringe (SoftLOUD at The Space at Niddry Street, August 21 to 26). Both incarnations of his performing are unmissable.”
– The Herald
“The most seductive of charmed sounds… His playing unites finesse and poetry…”
– The Sunday Times