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  Наименование CD :
   The Ultimate Guitar Collection



Год издания : 1999

Компания звукозаписи : RCA, (wb)

Время звучания : 2:30:10

К-во CD : 2

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Classics (Guitar Academia)      

Recorded: 1959 - 1983

As good a guitarist as Julian Bream is, one must begin by acknowledging that the title of this 2-CD set containing 32 admittedly seminal pieces written for hand-played strings ( primarily, the lute) is a tad hyperbolistic. An Ultimate collection of anything would have to be more complete, by definition, than any two CDs can be and, again, it almost goes without saying that no two people are apt to be in total agreement about what should or should not have been included in any such collection. All caveats considered and aside, this is, indeed, a thoughtfully selected and masterfully performed collection of what is, unarguably, some of the very best classical pieces ever written for the lute. Bream plays some of them on the guitar and others on a renaissance lute - the latter giving a somewhat truer indication of the stylings and musical nuances intended by the various composers. But, even the pieces he plays on the guitar - an instrument that, in it s current form, did not exist when many of the pieces were originally composed - are sensitive and lyrical interpretations that sound as if they MIGHT have been composed for the guitar.

As good a guitarist as Julian Bream is, one must begin by acknowledging that the title of this 2-CD set containing 32 admittedly seminal pieces written for hand-played strings ( primarily, the lute) is a tad hyperbolistic. An Ultimate collection of anything would have to be more complete, by definition, than any two CDs can be and, again, it almost goes without saying that no two people are apt to be in total agreement about what should or should not have been included in any such collection. All caveats considered and aside, this is, indeed, a thoughtfully selected and masterfully performed collection of what is, unarguably, some of the very best classical pieces ever written for the lute. Bream plays some of them on the guitar and others on a renaissance lute - the latter giving a somewhat truer indication of the stylings and musical nuances intended by the various composers. But, even the pieces he plays on the guitar - an instrument that, in it s current form, did not exist when many of the pieces were originally composed - are sensitive and lyrical interpretations that sound as if they MIGHT have been composed for the guitar.

All Music Guide

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This two cd set is an odd juxtaposition. The first cd consists of a sampler of Bream's career output - but without (and I believe the omission is disgraceful) any acknowledgement of Bream's significant contribution toward the creation of a truly 20th century concert repertoire for guitar. The second cd is a re-release of his superb early 1980's recording of Albeniz and Granados transcriptions with the added bonus of a sublime interpretation of the "Three Spanish Pieces" by J Rodrigo.

Speaking as a musician I find the selections and the production of the first cd problematic. We get a few of the more lightweight examples of renaissance lute and baroque guitar (but no JS Bach and no (solo) baroque lute work); we get no vihuela repertoire and nothing truly representative of classical period composition. We do have all six movements from two contrasting concertos but the remainder of the cd consists mostly of neo-romantic repertoire from the twentieth century. In addition the recording quality is highly variable; for example one of the Villa Lobos pieces sounds as though it was recorded in an indoor swimming complex. Given the cd's title more care should have been taken to better represent Bream's career and musical diversity. In the opinion of one familiar with Bream's output this is a disappointing selection. Well played but not representative of the artist nor the art form.

However the opposite is the case with the second cd. These recordings were made at a time when Bream set out to commit to (then) vinyl, via the guitar, the musical heritage of Spain. Bream here was at the height of his interpretive power - and a fine film documentary also resulted from this endeavour.

The inclusion of the Rodrigo set makes this cd a better buy than the original Albeniz and Granados recording, although those who find this compilation rewarding might perhaps profit from researching Bream's catalogue, and adding the complete recording from which the Rodrigo is sourced (circa 1980-90) to their collection.

As for the Albeniz and Granados Bream offers his own transcriptions. These tread a fine line between fidelity to the piano scores and Bream's concept of what works on the guitar. As a general observation Bream seeks to include significantly more of the original score's textures than do many of his peers (e.g. J Williams, P Romero). At the same time he is not averse to significantly modifying the original (e.g. amongst others 'Granada' and 'Cordoba'). Such a process is part of any transcription but here the results are not only excellent but also personal to Bream, as a result we have further confirmation of the craft of a great performing artist.

Every listener will discover their own favourites and I have more than space allows me to relate. I believe that Bream brings more expression to his performances of the Valses Poeticos by Granados than any other guitarist I have heard, and the Passacaglia by Rodrigo is played with such a sense of a brooding menace that my spine tingles every time I listen to it.


  Соисполнители :

Antonio Vivaldi (Composer)
Enrique Granados (Composer)
Francis Cutting (Composer)
Gaspar Sanz (Composer)
Heitor Villa-Lobos (Composer)
Isaac Albeniz (Composer)
Joaquin Rodrigo (Composer)
John Dowland (Composer)
John Eliot Gardiner (Conductor)
Manuel De Falla (Composer)
Mateo Albeniz (Composer)
Monteverdi Conservatory Giovanni Orchestra (Orchestra)


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   1 01 1. Allegro Giusto         0:03:51 Antonio Vivaldi - Lute (Chamber) Concerto, For Lute (or Guitar), 2 Violins & Continuo In D Major, RV 93
   1 02 2. Largo         0:03:50 -"-
   1 03 3. Allegro         0:02:11 -"-
   1 04 Packington's Pound         0:02:34 Francis Cutting
   1 05 Variations On Greensleeves For Lute         0:03:52 -"-
   1 06 Fantasia, For Lute In G Minor, P 7         0:02:37 John Dowland
   1 07 Canarios (I), For Guitar (Instruccion De Musica Sobre La Guitarra Espanola, Book 1)         0:01:08 Gaspar Sanz
   1 08 Sonata For Piano In D Major, Op.13         0:03:59 Mateo Albeniz
   1 09 No.5: Leyenda         0:05:58 Isaac Albeniz - Suite Espanola No. 1, For Piano, Op. 47, B. 7
   1 10 The Miller's Dance         0:02:19 Manuel De Falla - El Sombrero De Tres Picos, Suite No. 2, For Orchestra (scenes And Dances From Part II), G. 59
   1 11 Recuerdos De La Alhambra, For Guitar         0:03:56 Francisco Tarrega
   1 12 Choros No. 1, For Guitar, 'Tipico Brasileiro', A. 161         0:04:54 Heitor Villa-Lobos
   1 13 No 01 In E Minor, Andantino Espressivo         0:04:08 Heitor Villa-Lobos - Preludios (5), For Guitar, A. 419
   1 14 No 02 In D, Poco Animato         0:02:39 -"-
   1 15 En Los Trigales, For Guitar (Por Los Campos De Espana No. 1)         0:03:36 Joaquin Rodrigo
   1 16 1. Allegro Con Spirito         0:05:56 Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto De Aranjuez, For Guitar & Orchestra
   1 17 2. Adagio         0:10:25 -"-
   1 18 3. Allegro Con Brio         0:05:02 -"-
   2 01 Mallorca, Barcarola For Piano In F Sharp Minor, Op. 202, B. 41         0:07:23 Isaac Albeniz
   2 02 1. Cataluna         0:03:00 Isaac Albeniz - Suite Espanola No. 1, For Piano, Op. 47, B. 7
   2 03 2. Granada         0:05:39 -"-
   2 04 3. Sevilla         0:04:49 -"-
   2 05 4. Cadiz         0:04:24 -"-
   2 06 No 04, Cordoba         0:07:19 Isaac Albeniz - Cantos De Espana, Pieces (5) For Piano, Op. 232, B. 44
   2 07 Dedicatoria         0:01:45 Enrique Granados - Cuentos De La Juventud (Scenes Of Childhood), Pieces (10) For Piano, Op. 1, H. 39, DLR 4:2
   2 08 La Maja De Goya         0:04:50 Enrique Granados - Tonadillas Al Estilo Antiguo, Songs (10) For Voice & Piano, H. 136
   2 09 No.4, Villanesca         0:06:35 Enrique Granados - Spanish Dances (12), In 4 Volumes For Piano, Op. 37, H. 142, DLR 1:2
   2 10 Valses Poeticos (7), For Piano, H. 147, DLR 7:8         0:12:32 Enrique Granados
   2 11 Andaluza (Playera), For Guitar Or Other Instrument (arrangement Of No. 5 Of 12 Spanish Dances)         0:04:16 -"-
   2 12 1. Fandango         0:04:16 Joaquin Rodrigo - Piezas (3) Espanolas, For Guitar
   2 13 2. Passacaglia         0:07:25 -"-
   2 14 3. Zapateado         0:03:02 -"-

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