Spanish Serenade

A sensuous and lyrical recording, “Spanish Serenade” features transcriptions for mandolin and guitar of 19th-century Spanish music, along with earlier classical repertoire for the guitar and Brazilian choro. The beauty of this recording evokes the elegance of another era. The album features works by Albinez, Bizet, Pernambuco, Ponce and Granados.

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$15.00 Spanish Serenade by the Mair-Davis Duo (CD)

Songs List

  1. Sevilla – Issac Albeniz
  2. Granada – Issac Albeniz
  3. Zortzico – Issac Albeniz
  4. Habanera (from Carmen) – Georges Bizet
  5. Pavanas – Gaspar Sanz
  6. Canarios – Gaspar Sanz
  7. Romanza – anon.
  8. Tema de Soto – Mark Davis
  9. El Noi de la Mar – anon.
  10. Preludio – Manuel Ponce
  11. Oriental – Enrique Granados
  12. Andaluza – Enrique Granados
  13. Capricho Arabe – Francesco Tarrega
  14. Burgalesa – Federico Torroba
  15. Sons de Carrilhoes – Joao Pernambuco
  16. Drume Negrito – Ernesto Grenet
  17. Dengoso Choro – Joao Pernambuco


“This delightful recording captures the very essence of Spain’s intensely lyrical music. Marilynn Mair on mandolin…touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate ‘Latin soul’.”

Carlos Agudelo
Billboard Magazine (USA)

“If a mixed musical/cultural metaphor might be permitted, I would say there was almost something Zen-like in the playing on this CD; every note has its own logic, and the interplay between the two musicians is prescient.”

Bill Tilland
Sound Choice (USA)

“Gentle, lilting, and full of sweet surprises.”

George Warren
Guitar Review (USA)

“The recording evokes a sense of beauty that’s hard to come by in today’s hustle-bustle pace.”

Jim Benson
The Sun Chronicle (USA)

“A new recording we took for a spin and can’t seem to put away”

Acoustic Guitar (USA)

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  • “She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound.”

    – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

    “Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure.”

    – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)

    “Stepping back to the 18th-century masterworks gave her the opportunity to highlight her technique with a fresh light… her playing is thoughtful, vibrant and a delight to listen to.”

    — Terence Pender, Mandolin Quarterly (USA)

    “A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!”

    – Guitar Magazine (England)

    “Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness.”

    – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)

    “Mair displays an exceptionally gifted approach to this music, using her formidable mandolin technique with grace and sensitivity… It’s the next best thing to a trip to Rio.”

    – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)

    Marilynn Mair on mandolin…touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate ‘Latin soul’.

    – Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine

    “Marilynn Mair acquits herself very well indeed, a most accomplished player, able to deal with the many intricacies the repertoire demands of her.”

    – Chris Kilvington, Classical Guitar (England)

    “A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary.”
    – La Rioja (Spain)

    “Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music… she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions.”
    – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)

    “Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance… her commitment to the music shines through.”

    – Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal

    “Smudging the lines between folk and classical is an intrepid endeavor… Mair’s a superb mandolin player who has brought the instrument to unexpected places…”

    – Jim Macnie, The Providence Phoenix (USA)

    “Marilynn Mair has always had the keen ability to balance classical mandolin traditions and repertoire, while constantly breaking new musical ground…a superb and versatile mandolinist and composer.”

    – – Butch Baldassari, Mandolin Magazine (USA)

    Bring a talented ensemble of gifted musicians together playing some of the great concertos and chamber music pieces of the 1700s, present the extraordinary classical mandolinist Marilynn Mair front and center, and you have a rare combination of the right musicians performing the right music at the right time.

    – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)

    “The final repeat of the melody transmitted a strong feeling of peace and tenderness that escaped no one in the audience. It is this sensitivity and subtleness that characterized the overall performance.”

    – Brian Hodel, Guitar Review (USA)

    “A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…”

    – Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)

    “Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita”

    — Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)