John Williams Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Guitarist John Williams' recording career with Columbia and Sony has been a long and fruitful one, yielding many fine albums of classical guitar music from Bach to Barrios, so it should come as no surprise that his playing has found its place on many compilations. John Williams Greatest Hits gathers the most essential tracks onto one disc, and as a consequence, listeners who own older releases will notice some duplication. That said, these really are among the most important pieces in Williams' repertoire, and anyone who is just getting acquainted with his virtuosic performances will get a proper introduction with this album. Williams' dazzling yet seemingly effortless ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Guitarist John Williams' recording career with Columbia and Sony has been a long and fruitful one, yielding many fine albums of classical guitar music from Bach to Barrios, so it should come as no surprise that his playing has found its place on many compilations. John Williams Greatest Hits gathers the most essential tracks onto one disc, and as a consequence, listeners who own older releases will notice some duplication. That said, these really are among the most important pieces in Williams' repertoire, and anyone who is just getting acquainted with his virtuosic performances will get a proper introduction with this album. Williams' dazzling yet seemingly effortless performance style has won him many admirers. The more difficult the piece -- for example, the "Asturias Leyenda" by Isaac Albéniz, or the "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" by Francisco Tárrega -- the less obvious is Williams' technique, for his execution is always smooth. Yet even the simple pieces, such as Stanley Myers' Cavatina from "The Deer Hunter" or Erik Satie's "Gnossienne No. 1," are given an artistic intensity that sustains interest. The recording dates range from 1975 to 2006, so some variance in audio quality might be expected, but Sony has engineered the sound to a fairly even level, so few adjustments, if any, will be needed for comfortable home listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886974219323
  • Catalog Number: 742193

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: Asturias (Leyenda) - Isaac Albéniz & Roxanne Slimak (6:05)
    Composed byIsaac Albéniz
  2. 2 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio - Joaquín Rodrigo & Louis Frémaux (10:29)
    Composed byJoaquín Rodrigo
    Conducted byLouis Frémaux
    Performed byLouis Frémaux, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  3. 3 Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & Roxanne Slimak (3:33)
    Composed byFrancisco Tárrega
  4. 4 Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter") - Stanley Myers & Roxanne Slimak (3:09)
    Composed byStanley Myers
    Conducted byJohn Williams [guitar]
    Performed byJohn Williams [guitar]
  5. 5 La Vida breve, opera, G. 35/39 (2 versions): Dance - Emilio Pujol & Manuel de Falla (3:22)
    Composed byManuel de Falla
  6. 6 La Catedral (The Cathedral), for guitar - Agustín Barrios-Mangoré & Roxanne Slimak (6:58)
    Composed byAgustín Barrios-Mangoré
  7. 7 Aeolian Suite, for guitar & small orchestra: 1. Aeolian Chant - John Williams [guitar] & William Goodchild (4:23)
    Composed byJohn Williams [guitar]
    Conducted byWilliam Goodchild
    Performed byWilliam Goodchild
  8. 8 Malinke Guitars, duet - John Williams [guitar] & John Etheridge (8:16)
    Composed byJohn Williams [guitar]
  9. 9 Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios, for guitar ("El Ultimo Trémolo;" "El Ultimo Canto") - Agustín Barrios-Mangoré & Roxanne Slimak (3:22)
    Composed byAgustín Barrios-Mangoré
  10. 10 Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 2. Largo - Antonio Vivaldi & Roxanne Slimak (4:12)
    Composed byAntonio Vivaldi
    Conducted byJohn Williams [guitar]
    Performed byJohn Williams [guitar], Orquesta Sinfonica De Sevilla
  11. 11 Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: Sevilla (Sevillanas) - Isaac Albéniz & Roxanne Slimak (4:42)
    Composed byIsaac Albéniz
  12. 12 Gnossienne for piano No. 1 - Erik Satie & Roxanne Slimak (3:50)
    Composed byErik Satie
  13. 13 Partita for lute in E major, BWV 1006a (BC L171): Gavotte en Rondeau - Johann Sebastian Bach & Roxanne Slimak (2:53)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  14. 14 Scherzino Mexicano, for guitar - Manuel Ponce & Alirio Diaz (2:33)
    Composed byManuel Ponce
  15. 15 Piezas características (12), for piano, Op. 92, B. 29: Tórre Bermeja (Serenata) - Isaac Albéniz & Roxanne Slimak (4:08)
    Composed byIsaac Albéniz
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John Williams [guitar] Primary Artist
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