Classic Williams: Romance of the Guitar

Classic Williams: Romance of the Guitar

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by John Williams [guitar]
     
 
Of the many classical guitarists who followed in the path-breaking footsteps of Andrés Segovia, few have done as much as John Williams to broaden the instrument's popular appeal. Williams has been making recordings for 30 years now, and this overview of his career illustrates why the

Overview

Of the many classical guitarists who followed in the path-breaking footsteps of Andrés Segovia, few have done as much as John Williams to broaden the instrument's popular appeal. Williams has been making recordings for 30 years now, and this overview of his career illustrates why the Romance of the Guitar is so timelessly seductive. All of the favorite facets of the instrument's repertoire are included here: transcriptions of baroque works for lute or keyboard; flavorful music of Spain by Albéniz and Falla; Latin American dances of Piazzolla and Lauro; and sentimental delicacies by Fauré and Satie. Williams has branched out beyond the norm, too, playing lyrical new works by Leo Brouwer, Mikis Theodorakis, and others, and even performing traditional Celtic tunes as guitar duets with Timothy Kain. Three of the selections were recorded especially for this release, including a traditional "Romance" arranged for guitar and string orchestra, the South American song "El Condor Paso," and Fauré's "Pavane." The moods range from the soothing to the invigorating, and Williams's mastery of the instrument is obvious whether subtlety or virtuosity is required. Culminating in the most romantic guitar piece of all, the Adagio from Rodrigo's "Concerto de Aranjuez," this album is both a highly enjoyable collection of the guitar's greatest hits and a stellar tribute to John Williams's artistry.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998914124
catalogNumber:
89141
Rank:
7482

Tracks

  1. Romance
  2. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
  3. Sunburst for guitar
  4. Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios, for guitar ("El Ultimo Trémolo;" "El U
  5. Asturias
  6. Gymnopedie for piano No. 3
  7. El Condor Pasa, traditional melody
  8. Cavatina
  9. Verano porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Se
  10. Scherzino Mexicano, for guitar
  11. Berceuse
  12. Natalia, for guitar
  13. Danza Espanola, for orchestra (from "La Vida Breve")
  14. Mrs. Maxwell
  15. Epitaphs No. 3, for guitar
  16. Prelude
  17. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"
  18. III. Allegro
  19. Adagio

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Williams [guitar]   Primary Artist,Guitar
John Williams [composer]   Conductor
Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
János Rolla   Violin
Louis Frémaux   Conductor
Timothy Kain   Guitar
Christine Pendrell   English Horn
Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
William Goodchild   Conductor

Technical Credits

Manuel de Falla   Composer
Gabriel Fauré   Composer
Joaquín Rodrigo   Composer
Domenico Scarlatti   Composer
Antonio Vivaldi   Composer
Andrew York   Composer
Erik Satie   Composer
Astor Piazzolla   Composer
John Williams [guitar]   Producer,Liner Notes
Mikis Theodorakis   Composer
Isaac Albéniz   Composer
Leo Brouwer   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Stanley Myers   Composer
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Manuel Ponce   Composer
David Mottley   Producer
Turlough O'Carolan   Composer
Nathan Waks   Producer
Uli Schneider   Engineer
Antonio Lauro   Composer
Anonymous Composer   Composer
Michael Stavrou   Engineer
Steven E. Paul   Producer
Gyorgy Kadar   Producer
Agustín Barrios-Mangoré   Composer
Andreas Stange   Engineer

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Classic Williams: Romance of the Guitar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gumbosmom More than 1 year ago
I have owned John Williams' albums since the 70's and I treasure each one. Perfection.