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The Ultimate Guitar Collection CD

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Product details

  • Performer: John Williams
  • Composer: Various Artists
  • Audio CD (24 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B0002ISFNO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Suite española, Op. 47 Instrumental : No. 5 Asturias (Leyenda)
  2. Cavatina from The Deer Hunter Instrumental
  3. I. Prelude from Suite for Lute (Guitar) No. 4 in E Major, BWV 1006a: Excerpt
  4. Triangular Situations
  5. Recuerdos de la Alhambra
  6. Romance for Guitar and String Orchestra previously unreleased
  7. Dance from "La Vida Breve" Instrumental
  8. Sonata in E Major, K. 380 (L. 23) Instrumental
  9. Como Llora una Estrella
  10. The Mission (Gabriel's Oboe, Mission Theme, On Earth as it is in Heaven) Voice
  11. El Colibri Instrumental
  12. Gymnopédie No. 3 (for guitar and small orchestra) Instrumental
  13. Courante Instrumental
  14. La catedral
  15. El condor pasa - Traditional Peruvian Folksong solo guitar & previously unreleased
  16. Salut D'Amor Instrumental
  17. Malinke Guitars
  18. Concerto for Lute (Guitar), Two Violins (Strings) and Basso Continuo in D Major, R. 93 Instrumental : I. Allegro giusto
  19. The Entertainer from The Sting Instrumental

Disc: 2

  1. Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra : II. Adagio
  2. El Diablo Suelto
  3. Preludio en do menor 213
  4. No. 3 Sevilla (Sevillanas) from Suite española, Op. 47
  5. Gnossienne No. 1 Instrumental
  6. Cueca
  7. Schindler's List Instrumental
  8. Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BWV 1006a Instrumental : III. Gavotte en Rondeau
  9. Nkosi Sikelel'i Afrika
  10. Pavane for Guitar and String Orchestra Instrumental
  11. Trio for Violin, Lute (Guitar) and Basso Continuo in C Major, R. 82 Instrumental : III. Allegro
  12. Sunburst Instrumental
  13. The Godfather (Love Theme, Godfather Waltz) Instrumental
  14. Scherzino mexicano Instrumental
  15. Aeolian Suite for guitar and small orchestra Instrumental : I. Aeolian Chant
  16. Three Blues for Classic Guitar Instrumental : Spanish Guitar Blues/Blues for Felix/Swing 59
  17. El Decaméron negro Instrumental : II. La Huida de los Amantes por el Valle de los Ecos
  18. Una limosna por el amor de Dios (La ultima canción)
  19. Saltarello Instrumental
  20. Tórre Bermeja

Product Description

Product Description

During his career John Williams has not only explored the basic classical literature for guitar, he has also expanded it by inspiring, commissioning and arranging music from different cultures and in different styles, thereby transform the instrument's repertoire. To celebrate this outstanding and ongoing recording career Sony Classical has released a 2 CD retrospective entitled John Williams: The Ultimate Guitar Collection. This thiry-nine track compilation includes key tracks from all John's recent releases including last year's El Diablo Suelto, a celebration of Venezualan guitar music, and 2001's Magic Box on which John joined forces with fellow musicians John Etheridge, Chris Laurence, Paul Clarvis and Richard Harvey to explore the continuing tradition of guitar music in Africa and Madagascar and 1997's The Black Decameron on which John performed music by the comtemporary Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. The Magic Box album also includes guest appearances by Francis Bebey and the African Children's Choir. Designed very much as a gateway into John's substantial recorded catalogue the new album inlcudes many of the great standards of the classical guitar repertoire including Albéniz' Asturias, Stanley Meyer's Cavatina from the film Deerhunter and the ever popular second movement from Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranuez. More populist fare includes transcriptions for guitar and orchestra of the theme tunes from Schindler's List and The Godfather, by namesake John Williams and Nino Rota respectively, both taken from the ...Plays the Movies album released in 1997, the traditional tune El Condor Pasa and the anonymous Romance for Guitar and Orchestra. John is also represented as a composer on the new collection with the Aeolian Chant from The Guitarist.

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John Williams is the most outstanding classical guitarist of our time. He has explored, extended and redefined the repertoire for the guitar and made many first class recordings. Unfortunately many of his recordings focus on particular genres and can therefore feel a bit intense.

But this collection is different as it covers a wide range of pieces and styles - a true "best of" and more like an extended private concert of all his best performances. Throughly enjoyable and recomended.
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This is the most beautiful serene and relaxing classical guitar playing I have heard in a long time - but then it is John Williams! Money well worth spent and a must for all fans.
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Terrific collection of guitar performances, covering most of the genres that John Williams can perform so well, including some real classics, eg Cavatina. Would make a good gift, or an introduction to classical guitar to someone who had not listened to it before. A perfect aid to contemplation, meditation or study.
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If you like guitar music then you will enjoy the range of pieces and styles John Williams demonstrates here. It is a reminder, if one were needed, of what a great talent he is. Thoroughly enjoyed by all ages in the family and, given its length and variety, excellant value.
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Am I getting older & wiser.Yes & maybe. I'm usually into heavy screaming guitars but thought with his history of Sky and movie music I'd give this a go and very pleased I am too.Brilliant and 100% recommended.
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Being a great fan of John Williams, he could never disappoint me with his talent. A generous selection of tracks of well-known and some lesser known pieces plus a couple of delightful surprises have been compiled on these two c.d.'s resulting in several hours of inspiring and relaxing beautiful music. I've no problems in recommending this to not only fans of John Williams and classical guitar music but to anyone who is new and willing to listen to this kind of music!
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This Ultimate Guitar Collection (2004) is a 2 CD set, drawn from previous releases, forming like a Greatest Hits collection. Disc 1 has 19 tracks, while disc 2 has 22 tracks. All the tracks were personally chosen by John Williams. In the liner notes, it was stated: "John Williams plays often for films, such as The Deerhunter (Cavatina) and A Fish Called Wanda, and also plays tennis (badly), chess (quite good), table tennis (better) and likes talking (about anything)...

The song listing is as follows:

Disc 1

01 Isaac Albéniz Suite Española, Op. 47 - Asturias (From The Seville Concert) 1992
02 Stanley Myers Cavatina from Deerhunter (From John Williams Plays The Movies) 1996
03 Bach Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major: Prelude (From The Seville Concert) 1992
04 Vasco Martins Triangular Situations (From The Magic Box) 2000
05 Tárrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra (From Portrait Of John Williams) 1982
06 Anonymous Romance (From Classic Williams - Romance of the Guitar) 1999
07 Manuel De Falla Dance from La Vida Breve (From The Mantis And The Moon) 1995
08 Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in E Major, K 380 (From The Baroque Album) 1987
09 Antonio Carillo Como Llora Una Estrella (From El Diablo Suelto) 2003
10 Ennio Morricone The Mission (From John Williams Plays The Movies) 1996
11 Julio Sagreras El Colibri (From The Spirit of the Guitar) 1988
12 Erik Satie Gymnopédie No.
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Not being overly familiar with classical guitarists, I am rather ashamed to say that John Williams is a new addition to my collection, and a very welcome one at that! This is a double cd which is crammed full of beautifully crafted music (approx. 150mins total), some classical standards, some more traditional and all a joy to listen to. I really don't know why it has taken so long to discover this virtuoso guitarist but I am really pleased to have finally done so. Whether you want to closely appreciate the complexity made simple in John Williams' playing or just listen to relax, you will be taken on a wonderful journey.
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