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Songs My Father Taught Me / Pepe Romero


Release Date: 03/09/1999 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 456585   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joaquin TurinaJohann Sebastian BachFernando SorCeledonio Romero,   ... 
Performer:  Pepe Romero
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Celedonio Romero was the teacher and mentor of his three sons, of whom Pepe is the middle one. It was Celedonio's death last year which prompted the present recording, a gracious, touching and heartfelt tribute. The curiously assorted programme consists of pieces that evoke memories of his childhood, and which he later learned from his father. Pepe is clearly more at home in the Spanish repertory than in the rest. His background of flamenco shines new light on the Fandanguillo of Turina, investing it with stronger contrasts than Segovia's dislike of 'folky' fireworks permitted in his recording of 1928, and there is strength and vitality in his playing of the music by his father (which is also to be found in his paintings — Pepe is an Read more accomplished artist). It is in the movements from Bach that the weakness lies: the arrangements and the interpretation of them require suspension of critical criteria by Baroekkenner; they are minimally touched by the scholarship of the last half-century. Pepe once told me that you should never play anything you did not genuinely love; and the passionate warmth of his playing bespeaks his love for both the music and his father and goes far toward disarming criticism. Moreover, he is as immaculate a player as any other, and this album is superbly recorded and beautifully produced. It is a special 'document'.

-- Gramophone [11/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fandanguillo for Guitar, Op. 36 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 3rd movement, Courante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Celedonio Romero 
3.
Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Celedonio Romero 
4.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 3rd movement, Gavotte en Rondeau by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Celedonio Romero 
5.
Variations and 12 Minuets for Guitar, Op. 11: Minuet no 6 in G major by Fernando Sor
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1823; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Variations and 12 Minuets for Guitar, Op. 11: Minuet no 7 in A minor by Fernando Sor
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1823; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Variations and 12 Minuets for Guitar, Op. 11: Minuet no 5 in D major by Fernando Sor
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1823; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8.
La mariposa by Celedonio Romero
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
9.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Celedonio Romero. 
10.
German Dance(s) by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Celedonio Romero 
11.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 115/Op. 33: no 1 in G sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1838; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Celedonio Romero 
12.
Danza andaluza no 1 by Celedonio Romero
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
13.
Guasa by Celedonio Romero
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
14.
Fantasía cubana by Celedonio Romero
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
15.
Romanza by Emilio Pujol-Villarrubi
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
16.
Etude for Guitar no 19 in B flat major by Fernando Sor
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
17.
Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El maestro: Fantasia no 16 by Luis de Milan
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
18.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012: 5th movement - Gavotte I by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Celedonio Romero
This selection shares a track and timing with the following Gavotte. 
19.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012: 5th movement - Gavotte II by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Notes: Transcribed: Celedonio Romero
This selection shares a track and timing with the preceding Gavotte. 
20.
Madroños by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Celedonio Romero 
21.
Album für die Jugend, Op. 68: no 1, Melodie by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Celedonio Romero. 
22.
Album für die Jugend, Op. 68: no 10, Fröhlicher Landmann by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 0 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Celedonio Romero. 
23.
Album für die Jugend, Op. 68: no 2, Soldatenmarsch by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 0 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Celedonio Romero. 
24.
Canciones (10) populares catalanas: no 5, El testament d'Amelia by Miguel Llobet
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1918; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
25.
Canciones (10) populares catalanas: no 8, El Noi de la Mare by Miguel Llobet
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mission San Luis Rey, San Luis Rey, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Fandanguillo
Suite for Cello Solo No.3 in C, BWV 1009: 3. Courante
Prelude in C minor
Gavotte from Suite in E for Lute, BWV 1006a
Album für die Jugend, Op.68 - Transcr. Celedonio Romero: Melodie
Album für die Jugend, Op.68 - Transcr. Celedonio Romero: Fröhlicher Landmann
Album für die Jugend, Op.68 - Transcr. Celedonio Romero: Soldatenmarsch
Minuet No.6
Minuet No.7
Minuet No.5
Estudio. La Mariposa
Madroños
Waltz, Op.39, No.15
Drei Deutsche Tänze - Transcr. Celedonio Romero
Mazurka No.22 in G sharp minor, Op.33 No.1
Danza Andaluza No.1
Guasa (Danza)
Guajiras. Cuban Fantasy
Romanza
El Testament d' Amelia - Rev. Celedonio Romero
El Noi de la Mare - Rev. Celedonio Romero
Estudio XIX
Fantasìa XVI
Gavotta I & II from Suite for Cello Solo No.6 in D, BWV 1012

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