Classic Williams: Romance of the Guitar

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Of the many classical guitarists who followed in the path-breaking footsteps of Andr?s 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 Alb?niz and Falla; Latin American dances of Piazzolla and Lauro; and sentimental delicacies by Faur? and Satie. Williams has branched out beyond the norm, too, playing lyrical new ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998914124
  • Catalog Number: 89141
  • Sales rank: 3,029

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
William Goodchild Conductor
Christine Pendrell English Horn
Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
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
Dr. Steven E. Paul Producer
Gyorgy Kadar Producer
Agustín Barrios-Mangoré Composer
Andreas Stange Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Absolute perfection.

    I have owned John Williams' albums since the 70's and I treasure each one. Perfection.

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