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John Williams - The Guitarist


Release Date: 09/29/1998 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60586   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mikis TheodorakisCarlo DomeniconiErik SatieAnonymous,   ... 
Performer:  John Williams
Conductor:  William Goodchild
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording is also available as a mini disc.
This CD includes a multimedia portion.
THE GUITARIST could be described as a record of brooding reflection and pastoral solitude with echoes of ancient Greece a recurrent motif. It also demonstrates that one can plan a wonderfully varied yet coherent guitar recital without recourse to the usual Bach transcriptions and Spanish chestnuts.
No one is better equipped to do this than John Williams. As much an ambassador of the guitar as a player, he puts his commitment to new music for the instrument to good use here, the major dividend being the 'Koyunbaba' of Italian composer Carlo Domeniconi. Inspired by Turkish themes and landscapes, the four-movement suite employs an unusual C
Read more sharp minor tuning to haunting, original effect.
The 'Stele' of Australian Phillip Houghton are moody evocations of the Greek coastline and ancient monuments to gods, demons and sailors lost at sea, while the 'Epitafios' of Mikis Theodorakis eulogize the more recently departed with the direct simplicity of folk music. Rounded off with a suite of medieval tunes and a particularly successful arrangement of Satie's third 'Gymnopedie,' THE GUITARIST leads one down a darker, less traveled road full of drama and beauty. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Epitaphios (8): no 3, One Day in May by Mikis Theodorakis
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Air Studio, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2. Epitaphios (8): no 4, You Have Set, My Star by Mikis Theodorakis
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Air Studio, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3. Epitaphios (8): no 5, You Were Kind and Sweet of Temper by Mikis Theodorakis
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Air Studio, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4. Koyunbaba, Op. 19 by Carlo Domeniconi
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Air Studio, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5. Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 3, Lent et grave by Erik Satie
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Conductor:  William Goodchild
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Air Studio, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Williams 
6. Lamento di Tristano by Anonymous
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: Medieval 
Written: after 1300 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Air Studio, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Williams 
7. Ductia by Anonymous
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Air Studio, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Williams 
8. Saltarello by Anonymous
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Air Studio, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Williams 
9. Stélé by Philip Houghton
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Air Studio, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 12 Secs. 
10. Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 1 by Erik Satie
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Air Studio, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Williams 
11. Gnossiennes (6) for Piano: no 2, Avec étonnement by Erik Satie
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Air Studio, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Williams 
12. Aeolian Suite for Guitar and Small Orchestra by John Williams
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Conductor:  William Goodchild
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  Air Studio, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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