First here are some words from satisfied CD customers who have purchased "Second Recital for Guitar":
"Your CD is excellent!" - Jan-Matej Rak
"This is a CD with a difference. A mix of traditional and modern guitar music including a first time recording of Hasted's 'Celebration Suite.' A very musical performance, with technique to spare, enjoyable to listen to over and over again."
"This CD reminds me of Bailey's Irish Cream - smooth, delicious, and decidedly more-ish!
The balanced choice of pieces on the CD coupled with consistently great playing has made this one of my most listened to CDs. It's also cool to hear such a great recording of Stepan Rak's music and I found Rex Button's sleeve notes both helpful and interesting.
Perhaps the best description for Second Recital for Guitar might be the titles of the pieces in Hasted's Celebration Suite; Captivation, Contemplation, Consolation, and Celebration ... just add Baileys on ice at the end of a long day for the perfect mix."
"Bruce Paine is an excellent artist that definitely deserves a group of attention. I am duly impressed, indeed!"
Welcome to my CDBaby page!
What makes my guitar playing special and what can be said about the music I play?
If you enjoy Heavy Metal, Rap or Hip-hop you may have come to the wrong place, unless you have quite broad musical taste! I play music that is soulful, intimate, restful and sometimes powerfully energetic. It does not roar out at you from start to finish but instead ebbs and flows, never the same for too long. Variety and flow is important to me when designing a concert or CD programme.
Up until 2007 I have played original guitar music written by others, as per my CD "Second Recital for Guitar". I have tried to give something of myself through my personal interpretation and expression. Much of the music on this CD originates from Spain, the Czech Republic, England and various parts of South America.
In 2007 I started writing my own own solo classical guitar music and this has been recorded and released on a separate album entitled "Lateral Lines". This is expected to be available on CDBaby soon, so watch this space!
For those looking for specific words that describe my sound, here are some ideas from friends and supporters...Soulful, peaceful, effortless, relaxing, emotional, breath-taking music that releases the emotions, artistically awakening, so natural and effortless...it's most impressive.
Bruce Paine’s first formal guitar tuition began when he was 10. At age 11 he played to his peers at intermediate school assembly but did not fully realise his performance ability until much later on.
He continued guitar lessons until his late teens and eventually joined the Classic Guitar Society of Auckland, which lead to his participating in several New Zealand guitar summer schools and a variety of performance opportunities. Consequently he met and received tuition from visiting international guitarists. Bruce’s ability and dedication was recognised and he was encouraged to further his training.
So in 1990, putting his computer career on hold, he commenced studies in performance guitar at the University of Auckland, School of Music, under the tutelage of Gunter Herbig. During his studies Bruce became an auditioned Radio New Zealand recording artist. Graduating with an Honours Diploma he went on to successfully gain a place in the semi-finals of the 1995 Shell Darwin International Guitar Competition and in later years toured England, France, Austria, the Czech Republic (in concert with Štěpán Rak) and New Zealand.
In 1999 Bruce commissioned and later premiered the solo guitar suite “Pioneer Spirit” by New Zealand composer David Hamilton. This has been recorded and released on Bruce’s CD Guitar@Museum.
More recently Bruce has taken a new direction by writing and performing a collection of his own solo guitar compositions. He drew inspiration for his music from various images including underwater sea life, New Zealand scenery, an English country church and a Russian folk poem. These pieces appear on his new CD, Lateral Lines.
To Bruce the most important and challenging thing about writing music is to be original while producing something that will be enjoyed by all audiences. Bruce’s greatest hope is that his compositions are appreciated as fresh and appealing works.
The Press, Christchurch, Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Guitarist Paine a name to watch
Echoes of Spain. Bruce Paine (guitar) and artwork by Josie Martin. February 9, The Giant's House ("Linton"), Akaroa. Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd.
Josie Martin's art and music soirees never fail to please, and for those who have not yet made the trip over the hill a treat awaits. A convivial atmosphere among Martin's extraordinarily vibrant paintings, sculptures and mosaics (there are new delights with every visit) showcased the talent of young Auckland guitarist Bruce Paine in a programme featuring Spanish, or Spanish influenced music.
This was the first South Island venue for his short New Zealand tour, and for those in Timaru, Oamaru, and Dunedin, I strongly urge you to treat yourself and go along when he comes to town, starting with Timaru next Sunday. His informal and interesting links and engaging manner gave the audience a good feel for the music, and his playing backed it up.
Paine delivered the entire programme from memory, with the dedication and love for the instrument one rarely sees in instrumentalists other than pianists or solo violinists. His programme contained a good mix of material across the genre, from the lyrical transcriptions of Granados and Albeniz, concluding the programme, to the more progressive harmonies of Rodrigo's Invocation and Dance (which I adored) and three pastoral songs. Argentinean composer Jose Lois Merlin's Suite del Recuerdo provided the Latin American perspective and Paine injected a fire and unpredictability into his playing which rounded off the first half well.
Czech guitarist and composer Stepan Rak is a name I am unfamiliar with, but I thoroughly enjoyed Paine's rendition of Remembering Prague and a finely wrought tremolo tribute to the poet Lorca, Cry of the Guitar. Paine's handling of the tremolo effects expertly produce the orchestral sound demanded by the composer, other technical feats similarly well managed in the opening Fandanguillo and de Falla's Homenaje.
Paine creates a nice sense of space in his playing, is unhurried but intense. Definitely a name to watch.
Review: New Zealand Musician - Vol 9 No 4, February/March 2001
BRUCE PAINE : Second Recital for Guitar This, as the title suggests, is the second album from one of our finest classical guitarists, and a collection of largely newer works.
From Derek Hasted's Celebration Suite, a collection of short, very accessible pieces to the darker, more contemplative works of Stepan Rak's Three Russian Waltzes and Remembering Prague, there's a lovely diversity of character throughout the album.
Add to this a range of guitars used, including two made by Auckland Luthier Rod Capper.
Paine seems to prefer the warmth of cedar top guitars, but the one track performed on the Capper spruce top (Cry of the Guitar) has immediacy and presence, especially on the lower strings.
There's such a consistency of performance and recording that dynamic subtleties stand out.
This is another beautiful collection from Bruce Paine and I suspect he has more albums in him yet.