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The #1 Guitar Album

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The list of distinguished artists on Decca's The #1 Guitar Album reads like a Who's Who of classical guitarists, and this 2008 double-disc compilation matches that roster with a highly varied program full of the best-known pieces and arrangements for the instrument. Whether it's Andrés Segovia offering selections from J.S. Bach's celebrated works, Julian Bream playing miniatures by Sor and Torroba, or Göran Söllscher drawing on the Lennon and McCartney songbook, the performances are first-rate across the board, and fans of classical, Spanish, and popular acoustic guitar music will find the levels of technique and expression to be exceptional throughout. If there is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The list of distinguished artists on Decca's The #1 Guitar Album reads like a Who's Who of classical guitarists, and this 2008 double-disc compilation matches that roster with a highly varied program full of the best-known pieces and arrangements for the instrument. Whether it's Andrés Segovia offering selections from J.S. Bach's celebrated works, Julian Bream playing miniatures by Sor and Torroba, or Göran Söllscher drawing on the Lennon and McCartney songbook, the performances are first-rate across the board, and fans of classical, Spanish, and popular acoustic guitar music will find the levels of technique and expression to be exceptional throughout. If there is a single flaw here, it lies in the great variability of sound quality, which changes at practically every track and challenges the listener to find a suitable volume level. Segovia's are the oldest analog recordings, dating from 1952, and the sound is noticeably weaker than, say, Söllscher's, which date from 2005 at the latest and have the fullest tone and clearest details. Weakest of all is the 1958 mono recording of Sor's "Variations on a Theme by Mozart," played by John Williams at age 17, which is almost inaudible at its beginning. However, this is not to say that the older recordings are hard to appreciate, for they still display great musicianship and have historical value, if not necessarily the presence and clarity of the later performances. But if this album is played as relaxing background music, keep the remote control handy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028948003723
  • Catalog Number: 001041302
  • Sales rank: 36,376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air - Johann Sebastian Bach & Göran Söllscher (4:14)
  2. 2–4 Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93 - Antonio Vivaldi & I Musici (12:03)
  3. 3 Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Prélude - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrés Segovia (2:17)
  4. 4 Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: Gavotte 1 & 2 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrés Segovia (3:55)
  5. 5 Lady Hunsdon's Almain (Lady Hunsdon's Puffe), for lute, P 54 - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (1:22)
  6. 6 A piece without title, for lute, P 51 - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (0:48)
  7. 7 The Shoemaker's Wife, a Toy, for lute, P 58 - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (1:11)
  8. 8 Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège" - Alexandre Lagoya & Domenico Scarlatti (5:11)
  9. 9 Prelude for lute in C minor, BWV 999 (BC L171) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrés Segovia (1:22)
  10. 10 Minuets (2), for keyboard in G major & G minor BWV Anh. 114-115 (from 2nd Notebook for Anna Magdalena) - Göran Söllscher & Christian Pezold (3:40)
  11. 11 Introduction, Theme, & Variations on a Theme From Mozart's "The Magic Flute, " for guitar, Op. 9 - Fernando Sor & John Williams [guitar] (6:54)
  12. 12 Album für die Jugend No. 1 ("Melodie") for piano in C major, Op. 68/1 - Robert Schumann & Pepe Romero (1:47)
  13. 13 Album für die Jugend No. 10 ("Fröhlicher Landmann, von der Arbeit Zurückkehrend") for piano, Op. 68/10 - Robert Schumann & Pepe Romero (1:03)
  14. 14 Album für die Jugend No. 2 ("Soldatenmarsch") for piano in G major, Op. 68/2 - Robert Schumann & Pepe Romero (0:44)
  15. 15 Waltz for piano in A flat major, Op. 39/15 - Pepe Romero & Johannes Brahms (1:48)
  16. 18–20 Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, SF. 935 - Alessandro Marcello & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (11:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Romance - Anonymous & Narciso Yepes (2:30)
  2. 2–4 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra - Joaquín Rodrigo & Neville Marriner (23:41)
  3. 3 Sonata for guitar in C major ("Grande Sonate"), Op. 22: Minuetto - Fernando Sor & Julian Bream (3:49)
  4. 4 Preludio for guitar in E major - Federico Moreno Torroba & Julian Bream (1:56)
  5. 5 Fiesta en Jerez, for Flamenco guitar - Anonymous & Pepe Romero (9:04)
  6. 6 Sevillanas - Paco Peña & Spanish Traditional (2:55)
  7. 7 Carmen, opera: Habanera - Georges Bizet & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (3:48)
  8. 8 Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, for voice & piano, A. 390: Aria - Heitor Villa-Lobos & Alexandre Lagoya (4:46)
  9. 9 Sicilienne, for cello & piano, Op. 78 - Gabriel Fauré & Steve Erquiaga (3:47)
  10. 10 Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus, & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Qui Tollis - Johann Sebastian Bach & Joseph Szurly (4:06)
  11. 11 Here, There & Everywhere - Göran Söllscher & John Lennon (3:43)
  12. 12 The Long and Winding Road - Göran Söllscher & John Lennon (2:36)
  13. 13 Yesterday - Göran Söllscher & John Lennon (2:41)
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