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Julian Bream - Romantic Guitar


Release Date: 09/06/1991 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 6798   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Isaac AlbenizTraditionalFelix MendelssohnNiccolò Paganini,   ... 
Performer:  Julian Bream
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bream's Mendelssohn transcriptions are done with such skill that the Gondola song is more evocative of light, color, and shimmering water than on the keyboard.

Bream's praises have justly been sung many times, and there is not a great deal to add now, beyond saying that this beautifully recorded LP is certain to please the guitarist's very numerous admirers as much as his previous ones.

Paganini's praises have been far less consistently celebrated; in fact it was for a long time considered apt to dismiss his compositions — without a hearing — as mere 'virtuoso music'. One might have thought guitarists in particular, with a repertoire that too much consists of empty trifles like the Tarrega items included
Read more here, could scarcely afford to neglect substantial pieces like Paganini's sonatas, especially as he wrote so well for the instrument. Although the A major lasts for over twenty minutes, its three movements have no undue structural pretensions, and there is real lyricism in the central Romanze, genuine charm to its final variations. Interest is constant, in fact, providing the music be played superlatively well, as Paganini always must be. Here, needless to say, it is.

The Mendelssohn works are, of course, Bream's own transcriptions, done with enormous skill so that one has to admit to the string quartet piece coming off better than might have been considered possible. He does well, too, with the lush thirds and sixths of the Gondola song, which in fact is here more evocative of light, colour, and shimmering water than on the keyboard.

-- Gramophone [1/1971]
reviewing the original LP release that included the Paganini, Mendelssohn and Tarrega works
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Works on This Recording

1.
Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71: no 3, Leyenda by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1887; Madrid, Spain 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Bream 
2.
Suite española, Op. 47: no 1, Granada by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Bream 
3.
El testamento d'Amelia by Traditional
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Written: Spain 
Notes: Arranged: Miguel Llobet 
4.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 6, Andante sostenuto "Venetian Gondola Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Bream 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 12: Canzonetta by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Julian Bream 
6.
Sonata for Guitar in A major, MS 3 "Grande" by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
7.
Mazurkas (4) for Guitar: no 1 in G minor, Adelita by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
8.
Fandanguillo for Guitar, Op. 36 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
9.
Homenaje a Tárrega for Guitar, Op. 69: no 1, Garrotín by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Spain 
10.
Chôros no 1 for Guitar by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Brazil 
11.
Mazurkas (4) for Guitar: no 2 in G major by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
12.
Mazurkas (4) for Guitar: no 3, Marieta by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
13.
Homenaje a Tárrega for Guitar, Op. 69: no 2, Soleares by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Spain 
14.
Madroños by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 

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