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The Complete Music for Solo Guitar

Norbert Kraft Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 April 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00004YYRQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Choros No. 1Norbert Kraft 4:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Suite popular brasileira: No. 1 Mazurka - ChorosNorbert Kraft 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Suite popular brasileira: No. 2 Schottisch - ChorosNorbert Kraft 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Suite popular brasileira: No. 3 Valsa - ChorosNorbert Kraft 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Suite popular brasileira: No. 4 Gavota - ChorosNorbert Kraft 5:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Suite popular brasileira: No. 5 ChorinhoNorbert Kraft 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 12 Etudes: No. 1 Allegro non troppoNorbert Kraft 1:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 12 Etudes: No. 2 AllegroNorbert Kraft 1:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 12 Etudes: No. 3 Allegro moderatoNorbert Kraft 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 12 Etudes: No. 4 Un peu modereNorbert Kraft 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. 12 Etudes: No. 5 AndantinoNorbert Kraft 1:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. 12 Etudes: No. 6 Poco AllegroNorbert Kraft 1:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. 12 Etudes: No. 7 Tres animeNorbert Kraft 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. 12 Etudes: No. 8 ModereNorbert Kraft 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. 12 Etudes: No. 9 Tres un peu animeNorbert Kraft 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. 12 Etudes: No. 10 Tres animeNorbert Kraft 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. 12 Etudes: No. 11 Lent - AnimeNorbert Kraft 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. 12 Etudes: No. 12 AnimeNorbert Kraft 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. 5 Preludes: No. 1 in E minorNorbert Kraft 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. 5 Preludes: No. 2 in E majorNorbert Kraft 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. 5 Preludes: No. 3 in A minorNorbert Kraft 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. 5 Preludes: No. 4 in E minorNorbert Kraft 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. 5 Preludes: No. 5 in D majorNorbert Kraft 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

The complete works for guitar by Villa-Lobos perfomed by Norbert Kraft. Titles are: Ch¶ros No. 1 (Typico)', 'Suite Populaire BrÚsilienne', '12 ?tudes', '5 PrÚludes'.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Villa-Lobos music for guitar is an epitome of guitar music, at least in the twentieth century, and should be an entrance gate to the creative music of this brazilian composer, surprisingly not so widely known as he deserves. It puts a shadow over much latin-american or spanish guitar music and this recording proves it. There are other recordings by other masters (older masters, such as John Williams) of the guitar which are probably just as good but this one is very clear and polished from first to last track, and the sound recording is also very good. One hopes Naxos will one day publish Villa-Lobos' full piano music repertoire with such high standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FISHING FOR BREAM 16 Dec 2011
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Many years ago I formed a personal idea of the perfect guitar player, and I have never shaken the idea off. The image is that of Julian Bream, and it is characterised by perfect technique, flexible but always controlled rhythm and kaleidescopic tone-coloration, to say nothing of profound musicianship. I seek him here, I seek him there, as they once sought the Scarlet Pimpernel, and this disc from Norbert Kraft comes as near as I have yet found to what I want. Whether Kraft is fully Bream's equal is probably not a very important question, especially as I have never heard Bream play these particular works in any case: what is important is that this is another class act.

Villa-Lobos is probably well enough known for detailed background in a review of a recital to be unnecessary. The liner note with the disc touches in the basics as far as the composer is concerned, but declines into waffle when it turns to the actual compositions. Villa-Lobos himself is not very enlightening about the Brazilian musical term `choro' (for some reason always used in the plural), and although I myself have two generations of descendants in his home city of Rio de Janeiro and visit it often these days I can't help with the matter either.

The first six tracks on this disc are `popular' in style. The next 12 are something completely different, a set of etudes. One of the better remarks in the liner note is that these etudes are reminiscent of Chopin's. I entirely agree. The resemblance is not in the musical idiom of course: it is in the way a musical abstract composition is shaped in each case out of a particular technical challenge. The technical challenges sound horrific to me, and apparently once appeared that way to better than me also.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 15 Jan 2013
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Great collection of music. good value and worth ordering and much appreciated. Would return to this site for more of similar items in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 23 Mar 2012
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I have quiet an extensive collection of classical guitar music. Villa-Lobos is an interesting composer providing much fast and strident music. I do enjoy his music but he is not my favourite - I also bought a Rodrigos MP3 album at the same time, which I do enjoy a little more! But I still like and enjoy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebirth of Music 28 Sep 2004
By Gregg L. Newby - Published on
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Heitor Villa-Lobos was a remarkable 20th-Century Brazilian composer whose works mixed elements of jazz with the flavors of South American folk music. In his compositions one can hear the premonition of later musical forms to come: salsa, rhumba, even a taste of tango, but the over-riding factor is the melodic jazz, which is so reminiscent of Villa-Lobos' contemporary Django Reinhardt. One also hears the bravado of Spanish flamenco, complete with its pounding rhythm and complex phrasings. Villa-Lobos may just be the first truly international composer, in that his work reflects the input of numerous influences from around the globe. Indeed, he was toying with jazz fusion before the term was even invented.

Out of all of his total output, his compositions for guitar were relatively few, but they are also the most long-lived and the most celebrated. That's because Villa-Lobos, who had performed as a street musician, had a clear sense of how he thought the guitar should be used as an instrument of expression. After just one listening it is easy to recognize both the beauty and importance of his works.

It's also easy to recognize just how talented the guitarist, Norbert Kraft, is. And I don't mean this strictly in technical terms. Even the great Segovia admitted that he found Villa-Lobos' pieces difficult to play, but Kraft sounds like he's doing it with his eyes closed. He's loud where he needs to be, and quiet when the music calls for it. You can tell he is very passionate about Villa-Lobos. As another reviewer has pointed out, Kraft is Canadian and, at first, that seems like heresy. But there's something very appropriate about a foreigner mastering Villa-Lobos' international music. It is definitely in keeping with the spirit of the works. I think that after hearing these definitive interpretations of his six-stringed masterpieces, Villa-Lobos would be pleased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful 22 Jun 2001
By James D. Christopher - Published on
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I picked this CD up at a local music vendor expecting little more than an acoustic reference to my Villa-Lobos sheet music. I was floored at the quality and musicianship put into this recording. The sound quality is outstanding, and Kraft's playing is truly impeccable. It is obvious that a lot of time and effort went into putting this cd together. I would have paid three times the price to own it - indeed,
This CD does genuine justice to one of the most important 20th century composers for the guitar. For those of you not familiar with the guitar music of Villa-Lobos, I would highly recommend that you purchase this CD and experience the delightful coupling of classical and Brazilian traditions that he managed to accomplish. If you are a fan of classical guitar, this CD will likely become a favorite!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible performande of Villa-Lobos guitar music! 5 Sep 2001
By kman - Published on
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If you are interested in the guitar music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, look no further. I am a classical guitarist and have heard many performances and recordings of these works and this has got to be the best one. Norbert Kraft not only has formidable chops, but he plays with great phrasing and musicality, especially in the really intense pieces. I would have payed twenty bucks for this CD it is so good. So stop debating over which Villa-Lobos recording to get, this is the one!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 26 July 2001
By A. Michaelson - Published on
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I know Naxos is a great company when it comes to producing quality classical performances at a bargain price, but this was the first Naxos CD that I can truly say is a definitive performance. Villa-Lobos was one of the great composers of the twentieth century, and perhaps the greatest guitar composoer of the century. This disk, featuring award-winning Canadian guitarist Norbert Kraft, is a compilation of Villa-Lobos's complete works for solo guitar, and I must say that it is truly amazing. The mix of Brazilian folk rhythms with the complexity and structure of classical music combine to make some of the most beautiful and catchy music you will ever hear. Kraft plays the pieces wonderfully, with great warmth. Though not a native Brazilian, Kraft does an exceptional job of emphasizing many of the tropical characteristics that color these classical pieces. The compositions and the performance are excellent, but to top it all off is the sound quality. Naxos did an incredible job with the recording quality. The sound is amazing, comparable to the quality you get with Teldec. At a bargain price you cannot go wrong. The music is beautiful and catchy, and I guarantee, whether or not you generally enjoy classical music, you WILL enjoy this CD. A must have.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 23 Oct 2005
By Bjorkfinity - Published on
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This is the best recording of Villa Lobos I've ever heard. Even better than Manual Barrueco's. I thought that would be impossible. This is sensitive, keen and technically flawless. Excellent contrast in his playing. The mix is also excellent. I like this 10x better than Fabio Zanon's recording.
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