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5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast of Villa-Lobos, 29 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Bream Collection Vol. 21: Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto, Preludes, Etudes (Audio CD)
This album is a delicious offering from one of the most underrated guitar maestros of all time. Not only does he capture the Samba-inspired passion of Villa-Lobos music (unlike Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos was an accomplished guitarist in his own right), but interprets it in a way that commands and maintains the attention.
The concerto, one of the most accessible of all guitar concertos, was originally commissioned from Villa-Lobos by Segovia - but don't hold that against it! There are some memorable passages, not to mention the moody passion in the cadenza, all played with the kind of melliflouous dynamics that are synonymous with Bream's playing.
Whilst the Etudes are more of academic interest than musical, Bream conveys a level of interpretation that makes what would otherwise be dry study pieces into listenable melodies.
The six preludes illustrate the full range of Villa-Lobos compositional pallete, and are some of the best kept secrets in music.
If you only ever buy one guitar music album, or you're looking for an introduction to the world of classical guitar music, make sure that this is the album you buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bream Brazilian guitar, 9 April 2009
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This review is from: Bream Collection Vol. 21: Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto, Preludes, Etudes (Audio CD)
It is so good to hear a great recording of this amazing music by a great master like Bream. The sound is clear and expressive (although not as flowery and Latin as say Segovia's preludes and studies recordings). If you like Spanish guitar but don't know South American guitar music so well, this is the perfect introduction to perhaps the best there is - Villa-Lobos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guitar concerto, 28 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Bream Collection Vol. 21: Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto, Preludes, Etudes (Audio CD)
Bream's rendering of this fantastic concerto is faultless, and the preludes, infused with VL's latin american harmonies, make this one of the must-have guitar CDs i had to get to replace my 70's vinyl copy.
I just wish the designers had used the original album cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brazilian music of renown, 18 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Bream Collection Vol. 21: Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto, Preludes, Etudes (Audio CD)
A brilliantly executed interpretation of the Villa - Lobos studies and preludes. Perfect simply to listen to or use as a guide for individual practice in the interpretation of these beautiful pieces of music for the classical guitar.
Excellent value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't fault Bream's playing for passion, intensity and ..., 24 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Bream Collection Vol. 21: Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto, Preludes, Etudes (Audio CD)
You can't fault Bream's playing for passion, intensity and technical prowess. Where this disc doesn't quite hit the mark is the lack of sonic clarity (from both recording and playing) that clouds the textures in some of the etudes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars underrated concerto, 17 May 2013
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This review is from: Bream Collection Vol. 21: Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto, Preludes, Etudes (Audio CD)
the concerto is a fabulous piece and deserves to be played much more. it has all the ingredients for mass appeal and is beautifully played and recorded here - all the other pieces are stunningly played too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Nov. 2014
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D. J. Raybould "Johnr" (Cornwall) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bream Collection Vol. 21: Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto, Preludes, Etudes (Audio CD)
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