The #1 Guitar Album

The #1 Guitar Album


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2008
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028948003723
catalogNumber: 001041302
Rank: 23837

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Erquiaga   Guitar
John Williams [guitar]   Guitar
Julian Bream   Guitar
Paco Peña   Guitar
I Musici   Ensemble
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields   Performing Ensemble
Neville Marriner   Conductor
Dominic Miller   Guitar
Kenneth Sillito   Conductor
Andrés Segovia   Guitar
Pepe Romero   Guitar
Alexandre Lagoya   Guitar
Ida Presti   Guitar
Narciso Yepes   Guitar
Göran Söllscher   Guitar
Mats Rondin   Conductor
Members of the Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Joseph Szurly   Executive Producer

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