Guitarist Nikos Zarkos' second album Female Writing for Guitar, follows in the footsteps of his successful debut album, 21st Century Music for Solo Guitar, which was received enthusiastically by critics and listeners alike. For his second album, (his first in collaboration with Irida Classical), N. Zarkos presents an interesting and original program, the theme of which is works from the 20th and 21st century by women composers, namely Elsa Respighi, Matilde Salvador, Fernande Peyrot, Sofia Gubaidulina, Lina Tonia, Jana Obrovska and Franghiz Ali-Zadeh.
Through this selection we are given the opportunity to appreciate the contribution of women composers to contemporary guitar music throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, as the oldest work on the CD was written in 1930 and the newest in 2010.
The compositions are demanding of the performer in different ways; some have elegiac or mystical qualities which must be brought out, others make use of specialist techniques to produce certain sounds, while others are influenced by Baroque music. Nikos Zarkos an ideal candidate to perform these works, as he is widely experienced in performing contemporary works for guitar, through his regular collaboration with the Greek Composers' Union and the many first performances in his resume.
The interesting and wide ranging choice of music, the excellent recording quality and the unique abilities of guitarist Nikos Zarkos make Female Writing for Guitar a compelling listen for lovers of contemporary classical music, the classical guitar or both!