The Ultimate Most Relaxing Guitar Music in the Universe

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Putting aside criticism for the hyperbole of this double CD's title, The Ultimate Most Relaxing Guitar Music in the Universe is hard to beat for its plentiful selections, and many casual listeners will find these evocative and generally quiet pieces to be agreeable and soothing. Others who want something more than just pleasant mood music will note that, with few exceptions, the majority of pieces are in the Spanish tradition of guitar music, and they will appreciate this collection for the inclusion of works by such important figures as Isaac Albéniz, Joaquín Turina, Fernando Sor, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and other major composers for the instrument. This set has been ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Putting aside criticism for the hyperbole of this double CD's title, The Ultimate Most Relaxing Guitar Music in the Universe is hard to beat for its plentiful selections, and many casual listeners will find these evocative and generally quiet pieces to be agreeable and soothing. Others who want something more than just pleasant mood music will note that, with few exceptions, the majority of pieces are in the Spanish tradition of guitar music, and they will appreciate this collection for the inclusion of works by such important figures as Isaac Albéniz, Joaquín Turina, Fernando Sor, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and other major composers for the instrument. This set has been compiled from two previous albums, The Most Relaxing Guitar Music in the Universe and More of the Most Relaxing Guitar Music in the Universe, both released in 2005, so if you already own either or both, this reissue offers nothing new. Furthermore, the performances by Sharon Isbin, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Alexander-Sergei Ramirez, Eduardo Fernandez, Machiko Kikuchi, and Vladimir Mikulka are all drawn from Denon's back catalog, and represent their work from the 1990s on, so if you already have their albums there will be some duplication. In terms of sound quality, the levels vary somewhat from track to track, and a few are slightly muted in tone, though by and large the reproduction is clear and well balanced for such an extensive sample of past recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Denon Records
  • UPC: 795041765024
  • Catalog Number: 17650
  • Sales rank: 25,003

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Romance - Anonymous & David Alan Kogut (2:50)
  2. 2 Variations on "Marlborough S'en Va T'en Guerre" for guitar, Op. 28 - Fernando Sor & David Alan Kogut (9:05)
  3. 3 Homenaje a Tárrega, for guitar, Op. 69 - David Alan Kogut & Joaquín Turina (4:55)
  4. 4 Introduction & Variations on Qe ne suis-je la Fougère, Op. 26 - Fernando Sor & David Alan Kogut (6:24)
  5. 5 Fantasia No 10, for vihuela - Alonso de Mudarra & David Alan Kogut (1:54)
  6. 6 La Catedral (The Cathedral), for guitar - Agustín Barrios-Mangoré & David Alan Kogut (4:49)
  7. 7 Prelúdios (5), for guitar, A. 419: No. 4 - Heitor Villa-Lobos & David Alan Kogut (3:03)
  8. 8 Pavanas for guitar - Gaspar Sanz & David Alan Kogut (3:02)
  9. 9 Romance de Durandarte, for voice & guitar - Joaquín Rodrigo & David Alan Kogut (3:23)
  10. 10 Mallorca, barcarola for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 202, B. 41 - Isaac Albéniz & David Alan Kogut (6:43)
  11. 11 Variations on a Theme of Django Reinhardt, for guitar - Leo Brouwer & David Alan Kogut (10:03)
  12. 12 Arada, for guitar - Federico Moreno Torroba & David Alan Kogut (4:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Diferencias (7) for guitar on "Guárdame las vacas" - Luys de Narváez & David Alan Kogut (2:46)
  2. 2 Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & Sharon Isbin (4:08)
  3. 3 Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: Asturias - Isaac Albéniz & David Alan Kogut (6:51)
  4. 4 Sonata for guitar in D minor, Op. 61: Andante - David Alan Kogut & Joaquín Turina (4:10)
  5. 5 Estudios (12), etudes for guitar, A. 235: No. 8 Modéré - Heitor Villa-Lobos & David Alan Kogut (2:54)
  6. 6 Fandanguillo - Federico Moreno Torroba & David Alan Kogut (2:03)
  7. 7 Cancion del emperador, for vihuela - Luys de Narváez & David Alan Kogut (3:06)
  8. 8 Atom Hearts Club Duo, for 2 guitars, Op. 70a: Andante - Takashi Yoshimatsu & Eduardo Fernandez (2:19)
  9. 9 Sonata for guitar No. 2 in C major, Op. 15b: Allegro moderato - Fernando Sor & David Alan Kogut (9:08)
  10. 10 Rêverie for guitar, Op 53/1 - Napoléon Coste & David Alan Kogut (5:30)
  11. 11 Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47: Evocation - Isaac Albéniz & Eduardo Fernandez (5:39)
  12. 12 Etude for guitar in E major ("Mouvement de prière religieuse"), Op. 31/23 - Fernando Sor & David Alan Kogut (2:35)
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