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Romance Of The Guitar / John Williams


Release Date: 05/02/2000 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89141   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gabriel FauréAndrew YorkIsaac AlbenizErik Satie,   ... 
Performer:  John WilliamsTimothy KainChristine PendrillJános Rolla
Conductor:  William GoodchildJohn WilliamsLouis FrémauxJános Rolla
Orchestra/Ensemble:  OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraFranz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The guitar gained international acceptance as a classical instrument only in the 20th century. In that time, however, few musicians achieved a reputation for utter mastery of the instrument equal to that of John Williams. This collection of bright moments from his illustrious career includes music from throughout the world, each highlighting an aspect of Williams' brilliance.
While some of the works included in this album may be novelties for Williams, listeners will no doubt be familiar with them. The traditional tune 'Romance' is often performed by guitar students, but rarely with the delicacy found here. Simon and Garfunkel fans will recognize the Peruvian folksong, "El condor pasa," but will delight in Williams' performance of this
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Revisiting Williams' classic recordings is an equal treat. The passion of the tango swells in Piazzolla's 'Verano porteño,' and the bright, dexterous fingerwork required in York's 'Sunburst' shows why Williams is recognized as one of the guitar's great masters. Whether performing solo or with a full orchestra, Williams brings out the sweetness, power and lyricism of his instrument.
Includes traditional romance(s). Ensemble: Orchestra. Conductor: William Goodchild. Soloist: John Williams (Guitar). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Conductor:  William Goodchild
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Williams 
2.
Sunburst by Andrew York
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Cantos de España, Op. 232: no 1, Preludio [Asturias, Op. 47 no 5] by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Williams
This piece was added to the Suite española and retitled "Asturias" (Op 47,
no 5) nine years after the composer's death. 
4.
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 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Williams 
5.
The Deer Hunter: Cavatina by Stanley Myers
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Conductor:  John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Benítez 
6.
Scherzino mexicano by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Mexico 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Díaz 
7.
Berceuse for Guitar by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
8.
Valses (4) venezolanos for Guitar: no 3, Natalia/Criolla by Antonio Lauro
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Venezuela 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Emilio Pujol 
9.
La vida breve: Dance by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar), Timothy Kain (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Emilio Pujol 
10.
Planxty Madam Maxwell by Turlough O'Carolan
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar), Timothy Kain (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Ireland 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gerald García 
11.
Epitaphios (8): no 3, One Day in May by Mikis Theodorakis
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Williams 
12.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Williams 
13.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E major, K 380/L 23 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Williams 
14.
Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar: 2nd movement, Adagio by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Christine Pendrill (French Horn), John Williams (Guitar)
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Spain 
Length: 10 Minutes 26 Secs. 
15.
El Condor Pasa by Daniel Aloymias Robles
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Written: Peru 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Jorge Morel 
16.
Trio Sonata for Violin, Lute and Basso Continuo in C major, RV 82: Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  János Rolla (Violin), John Williams (Guitar)
Conductor:  János Rolla
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
17.
Una limosna por el amor de Dios "El ultimo canto" by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Paraguay 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
18.
Las estaciones porteñas (4): Verano porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Argentina 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Benítez 

Sound Samples

Romance for Guitar and String Orchestra
Pavane for Guitar and String Orchestra
Sunburst
Una limosna por el amor de Dios (La ultima canción)
No. 5 Asturias (Leyenda) from Suite española, Op. 47 (Excerpt)
Gymnopédie No. 3 (for guitar and small orchestra)
El condor pasa (solo guitar version)
Cavatina from The Deer Hunter
Verano porteqo (Tango)
Scherzino mexicano
Berceuse
Natalia (Venezuelan Waltz)
Dance from La Vida Breve
Planxty Madame Maxwell
Epitafios 3 from Three Epitafios (Excerpt)
I. Prelude from Suite for Lute (Guitar) No. 4 in E Major, BWV 1006a:
Sonata in E Major, K 380 (L 23)
III. Allegro from Trio for Violin, Lute (Guitar) and Basso Continuo in C Major, R. 82
II. Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra

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