During the 17th century the five-course baroque guitar was known throughout Europe as the 'Spanish Guitar'. This recording is dedicated to two of the greatest exponents of Spanish baroque music, Gaspar Sanz and Santiago de Murcia. Through their music we have marvellous examples of a Spanish musical tradition that flourished despite strong influences from abroad. A crucial aspect when performing music on the baroque guitar is to decide which way to tune the instrument. Here two tunings are used, one without the lower octaves on the fourth and fifth courses for Sanz and one with these 'bordones' for the music by Santiago de Murcia. The third course is tuned in unison, unlike 'modern' trends to add a higher octave.