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Guitar (c.1835) by René François Lacôte (French, 1785–1855 Paris), the most well-known French guitar maker during the early 19c. His guitars were endorsed by several famous performers including Fernando Sor, Ferdinando Carulli, Zani de Ferranti, and others. A 6-single course guitar with ebony fingerboard and 17 T-frets. The tuners housed within the headstock is so elegant. The guitar bears a label with the signature of Fernando Sor. This was once owned and used by 21c guitarist Julian Bream.

In this video, shot at NY’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Starobin plays the Rondo in D Major Op. 11 by Francesco Milano (1775–1847) on an 1835 René Lacôte guitar which boasts a label signed by Fernando Sor and was once owned by Julian Bream. Now it’s in the Met’s collection.


Julian Bream Concert 1978 - Bach - Villa Lobos - Albeniz - Britten: 1. Bach - Prelude, Fugue and Allegro (BWV 998) 2. Villa-Lobos - Preludes 1, 3 and 2 3. Albeniz - Granada, Cadiz and Sevilla 4. Britten - Nocturnal, after John Dowland (Op. 70)