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Nocturnal / Julian Bream


Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 54901   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin BrittenToru TakemitsuLeo BrouwerWitold Lutoslawski,   ... 
Performer:  Julian Bream
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The old wine has matured beautifully and the new is of vintage status. The temptation to say that Bream has rarely played better than here is too strong to resist.

The repertoire here is firmly post-Segovia, written in idioms from which the maestro would have shrunk; he did indeed reject the tentative serialism of Martin's Quatre pieces breves and only at the end of his life did he accept ''some parts of'' the Nocturnal of Britten. This disc serves as a timely reminder that it was Bream, with his first recording of both the Martin and the Britten in 1966 (available within ''The Bream Edition'' on RCA, 8/93), who led the guitar into the twentieth century.

No one can truly reach into the depths of the
Read more Nocturnal until Life has taught them some hard lessons, nor, perhaps, can they perceive the Innigkeit of Martin's work; Bream, now in his sixty-first year and with his technical armoury totally at the service of his emotions, demonstrates the truth of this in performances of moving intensity. Age has not dimmed his enthusiasm for pastures new: Brouwer's strong, and in places wryly humorous, Sonata with its teasing references to the composers to whom its three movements pay tribute, and Takemitsu's introspective All in Twilight, were written at his behest and are communicated with wonderful clarity. What Gareth Walters, the annotator, aptly describes as the ''simple charm'' of Bream's arrangements of Polish folk-melody settings by Lutoslawski brings the recital to a lighter conclusion. The old wine has matured beautifully and the new is of vintage status. The temptation to say that Bream has rarely played (or been recorded) better than here is too strong to resist!

-- John Duarte, Gramophone [4/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1. Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Dorset 
Length: 18 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2. All in Twilight by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Japan 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Dorset 
Length: 11 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Guitar by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Dorset 
Length: 15 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4. Folk Melodies (12) for Piano by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Poland 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Dorset 
Length: 16 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Julian Bream 
5. Guitare by Frank Martin
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Dorset 
Length: 10 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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