Essential Julian Bream [2008]

The Essential Julian Bream [2008]

by Julian Bream
     
 
Performers seldom get to make their own choices for a greatest-hits collection, so the fact that guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream selected the tracks for this double disc of his most essential recordings is significant. No doubt, RCA could have picked any number of excellent and popular recordings from Bream's large catalog and produced a terrific compilation, but

Overview

Performers seldom get to make their own choices for a greatest-hits collection, so the fact that guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream selected the tracks for this double disc of his most essential recordings is significant. No doubt, RCA could have picked any number of excellent and popular recordings from Bream's large catalog and produced a terrific compilation, but letting him comb through the archives permits listeners to appreciate his most personally meaningful and satisfying performances from his long career. While recordings of flashy guitar pieces by Tárrega, Turina, and Rodrigo would naturally find their place on a best-of disc, the less familiar works by William Walton, Malcolm Arnold, and Benjamin Britten -- all composed for Bream -- might have been overlooked by a less imaginative producer; the lute recordings, which never achieved the same fame as the guitar performances, might have been neglected, as well. But along with the expected tracks are Walton's intricate "Five Bagatelles," the Lento from Arnold's colorful "Guitar Concerto," and Britten's charming Courtly Dances from his opera "Gloriana"; and Bream's performance on lute with harpsichordist George Malcolm of J.S. Bach's "Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major" is a special treat. RCA's sound is well-balanced and quite even through the program, with little variance in tone or volume, despite the different recording dates, which range from 1959 to 1990.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2008
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886972134024
catalogNumber:
721340

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar  (03:53)
  2. Estudio, for guitar No. 7 in E Minor, A. 235/7  (02:26)
  3. Estudio, for guitar No. 8 in C sharp minor, A. 235/8  (03:39)
  4. Estudio, for guitar No. 12 in A Minor, A. 235/12  (02:40)
  5. Serenata andaluza  (03:55)
  6. Fandanguillo, for guitar, Op. 36  (04:54)
  7. Ségovia for guitar, Op. 29  (02:22)
  8. Bagatelles (5) for guitar

    1. Allegro  (03:35)
    2. Lento; Tempo di valse  (03:09)
    3. Alla cubana  (02:03)
    4. Sempre espressivo  (02:14)
    5. Con slancio  (02:29)
  9. Homenaje pour "Le tombeau de Claude Debussy," for guitar, G. 56  (04:13)
  10. El Sombrero de tres picos, Suite No. 2, for orchestra (scenes and dances from Part II), G. 59: The Miller's Dance

    1. The Miller's Dance  (02:20)
  11. Guajira, for guitar  (04:27)
  12. Invocación y danza, for guitar ("Homenaje a Manuel de Falla")  (09:00)
  13. Gloriana, opera, Op. 53: Courtly Dances. March

    1. Courtly Dances. March  (00:43)
  14. Gloriana, opera, Op. 53: Courtly Dances. Corante

    1. Courtly Dances. Corante  (01:06)
  15. Gloriana, opera, Op. 53: Courtly Dances. Pavan

    1. Courtly Dances. Pavan  (02:40)
  16. Gloriana, opera, Op. 53: Courtly Dances. Morris Dance

    1. Courtly Dances. Morris Dance  (00:53)
  17. Gloriana, opera, Op. 53: Courtly Dances. Galliard

    1. Courtly Dances. Galliard  (02:36)
  18. Gloriana, opera, Op. 53: Courtly Dances. La Volta

    1. Courtly Dances. La Volta  (01:20)
  19. Gloriana, opera, Op. 53: Courtly Dances. March: Finale

    1. Courtly Dances. March: Finale  (00:44)

Disc 2

  1. Gallardas, for guitar (from Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española, Book 2)  (01:28)
  2. Canarios [I], for guitar (Instrucción de Música sobre la Guitarra Española, Book 1)  (01:23)
  3. Villano for guitar  (01:37)
  4. Canario for guitar  (01:19)
  5. Trio Sonata for organ No. 1 in E flat major, BWV 525 (BC J1)

    1. 1. Allegro moderato  (02:48)
    2. 2. Adagio  (04:20)
    3. 3. Allegro  (03:34)
  6. Rondo Brillant for guitar No. 2 in A minor, Op. 2/2  (06:16)
  7. Introduction, Theme, & Variations on a Theme From Mozart's "The Magic Flute, " for guitar, Op. 9

    1. Introduction: Andante largo  (01:27)
    2. Theme: Andante moderato  (01:17)
    3. Variations 1 to 5  (06:06)
  8. Quintet for guitar & strings in D major ("Fandango"), G. 448 (arrangement of String Quintets, G. 270 & 341): Introduction and Fandango

    1. Introduction and Fandango  (06:03)
  9. Rossiniana No. 1, for guitar, Op. 119  (15:17)
  10. Valses poéticos (7), for piano, H. 147  (12:30)
  11. Guitar Concerto, for guitar & chamber orchestra, Op. 67: Lento

    1. Lento  (11:30)

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