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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
This three-disc set was released in spring 2011 to celebrate John Williams 60th birthday. The compilation divides selections into examples of his solo work, his concerto and chamber music work, and a disc called "The Romantic," which includes popular guitar favorites and other familiar pieces that many will recognize, such as Joplin's "The Entertainer," the "Cavatina" from The Deer Hunter, and Satie's "Gymnopédie No. 3." On "The Soloist" disc, there's the recognizable Prelude from Bach's "Lute Suite No. 4"; Albéniz's "Asturias" from the "Suite Española," and Tárrega's "Recuerdos de la Alhambra." For the disc "John Williams & Friends," there are a few tracks of duets ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
This three-disc set was released in spring 2011 to celebrate John Williams 60th birthday. The compilation divides selections into examples of his solo work, his concerto and chamber music work, and a disc called "The Romantic," which includes popular guitar favorites and other familiar pieces that many will recognize, such as Joplin's "The Entertainer," the "Cavatina" from The Deer Hunter, and Satie's "Gymnopédie No. 3." On "The Soloist" disc, there's the recognizable Prelude from Bach's "Lute Suite No. 4"; Albéniz's "Asturias" from the "Suite Española," and Tárrega's "Recuerdos de la Alhambra." For the disc "John Williams & Friends," there are a few tracks of duets with Julian Bream both Bream and Williams were students of Andrés Segovia. There are also excerpts of Williams' recordings of Vivaldi's "Guitar Concerto in D major, R. 93a"; and Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" and "Fantasía para un gentilhombre." The only things missing are examples of Williams' recordings of new and world music. Yet, the compilation serves well as a compact look at the career of an excellent classical guitar technician and musician, and it is also a nice sampler of the repertoire that would make a good introduction to the instrument for anyone who is curious about it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2011
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886978808226
  • Catalog Number: 788082
  • Sales rank: 56,167

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Partita for lute in E major, BWV 1006a (BC L171): Prelude - Johann Sebastian Bach & John Williams [guitar] (4:21)
  2. 2 Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: No. 5. Asturias - Isaac Albéniz & John Williams [guitar] (6:01)
  3. 3 La Catedral (The Cathedral), for guitar - Agustín Barrios-Mangoré & John Williams [guitar] (6:56)
  4. 4 Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne - Johann Sebastian Bach & John Williams [guitar] (13:52)
  5. 5 Passacaglia for lute - Silvius Leopold Weiss & John Williams [guitar] (4:08)
  6. 6 Canarios [I], for guitar (Instrucción de Música sobre la Guitarra Española, Book 1) - Gaspar Sanz & John Williams [guitar] (1:22)
  7. 7 Homenaje a Tárrega, for guitar, Op. 69: Soleares - Joaquín Turina & John Williams [guitar] (2:04)
  8. 8 Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & John Williams [guitar] (3:32)
  9. 9 Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: No. 3. Sevilla - Isaac Albéniz & John Williams [guitar] (4:39)
  10. 10 Preludio for guitar in C minor - Agustín Barrios-Mangoré & John Williams [guitar] (2:15)
  11. 11 Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios, for guitar ("El Ultimo Trémolo;" "El Ultimo Canto") - Agustín Barrios-Mangoré & John Williams [guitar] (3:27)
  12. 12 La maja de Goya, song for soprano & piano (Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, No. 8), H. 136/8 - Enriqué Granados & John Williams [guitar] (3:43)
  13. 13 Natalia, for guitar - Antonio Lauro & John Williams [guitar] (2:51)
  14. 14 El Colibri for guitar ("The Hummingbird") - Julio S. Sagreras & John Williams [guitar] (1:17)
  15. 15 Fandango for guitar (Piezas españolas No. 1) - Joaquín Rodrigo & John Williams [guitar] (3:46)
  16. 16 La Huida de los Amantes por el Valle de los Echos, for guitar (Black Decameron No. 2) - Leo Brouwer & John Williams [guitar] (4:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter") - Stanley Myers & John Williams [guitar] (3:09)
  2. 2 Romance - Anonymous & John Williams [guitar] (3:18)
  3. 3 Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Gabriel Fauré & John Williams [guitar] (5:05)
  4. 4 Gymnopedie for piano No. 3 - Erik Satie & John Williams [guitar] (2:29)
  5. 5 Pieces (5) from Venezuela, for guitar: Cántico - Vicente Emilio Sojo & Alirio Diaz (1:35)
  6. 6 El Condor Pasa, traditional melody - Bolivian Traditional & Jorge Morel (3:46)
  7. 7 Schindler's List, film score: Main Theme - John Williams [composer] & John Williams [guitar] (3:05)
  8. 8 Gabriel's Oboe, theme from the film "The Mission" - Ennio Morricone & John Williams [guitar] (7:09)
  9. 9 The Entertainer, for piano - Scott Joplin & John Williams [guitar] (2:53)
  10. 10 Mitopa - Paul-Bert ("Rossy") Rahasimanana & John Williams [guitar] (3:25)
  11. 11 El Marabino (The Half-caste) - Antonio Lauro & Alirio Diaz (1:20)
  12. 12 Nelly, for guitar - Antonio Lauro & Alirio Diaz (2:22)
  13. 13 N'kosi sikelel' i Afrika - Enoch Sontonga & John Williams [guitar] (3:54)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93: 1. Allegro giusto - Antonio Vivaldi & János Rolla (3:47)
  2. 2 Galliard - Julian Bream & John Johnson (1:24)
  3. 3 Sonata for arpeggione & piano in A minor ("Arpeggione Sonata"), D. 821: 2. Adagio - Franz Schubert & Australian Chamber Orchestra (4:13)
  4. 4 Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A major, Op. 30 (versions for guitar & orch; gt. & string quartet): 2. Andantino - Mauro Giuliani & Australian Chamber Orchestra (5:42)
  5. 5 Clair de lune, for piano (Suite Bergamasque No. 3), L. 75/3 - Claude Debussy & Julian Bream (5:07)
  6. 6 Le jardin de Dolly, for piano, 4 hands or orchestra (Dolly, suite), Op. 56/3 - Gabriel Fauré & Julian Bream (3:26)
  7. 7 Cantos de España, pieces (5) for piano, Op. 232, B. 44: No. 4. Córdoba (Nocturne) - Isaac Albéniz & Emilio Pujol (6:25)
  8. 8 Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12 - Edward Elgar & John Williams [guitar] (2:50)
  9. 9 Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra: 2. Adagio - Joaquín Rodrigo & Louis Frémaux (10:28)
  10. 10 Rêverie, for piano, L. 68 - Claude Debussy & Julian Bream (4:43)
  11. 11 Fantasía para un gentilhombre, for guitar & orchestra: 3. Danza de las hachas - Joaquín Rodrigo & English Chamber Orchestra (2:00)
  12. 12 La Vida breve, opera, G. 35/39 (2 versions): Dance - Emilio Pujol & Manuel de Falla (3:20)
  13. 13 Spanish Dances (12), in 4 volumes for piano, Op. 37, H. 142, DLR 1:2: No. 11. Zambra - Enriqué Granados & John Williams [guitar] (6:21)
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Performance Credits
John Williams [guitar] Primary Artist
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