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Beautiful and evocative music from a master.,
This review is from: Spanish Guitar Recital (Audio CD)
This album showcases Julian Bream's supreme ability to interpret the spanish classical repertoire as no-one else can. His extraordinary musical sensitivity and stunning technique allow him to bring this music alive, and to evoke the land and culture from which it came in vivid colour. The tonal range he coaxes from the instrument is incredible, and the quality of these recordings is particularly high.
The pieces attempted here are a varied and rewarding selection. A highlight for me is Granados' wonderful "Danzas Españolas Op.37 No.4". The introduction is sparse and lightly phrased, with a dancing melody and chimed counter-rhythms that build into a rolling, powerful theme, and Bream plays it superbly. Albeniz's well-known "Suite española No. 1" is performed here with passion and energy. The "Tres Piezas Españolas" by Rodrigo are a fascinating and powerful trio - by turns playful, somber and dischordant, and urgent and passionate.
This is an outstanding album, well chosen and exquisitely performed, and an excellent addition to any collection.