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5.0 out of 5 stars A two disc compilation of three original discs and remastered, 26 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Julian Bream & John Williams - Together - The Ultimate Collection [2CD] (Audio CD)
This pair of discs is a compilation of the original 'Together' and 'Together Again' recordings from 1971 and 1973 plus 'live' recordings from concerts in 1978 in Symphony Hall, Boston and Avery Fisher Hall, N.Y. The earlier two recordings were made in Wardour Chapel close to Bream's home. (Wardour information kindly supplied by B. Arthur in comment 1 below).

The sound of the two guitars is very well matched with the later recordings being slightly rounder tonally and the earlier one being slightly crisper tonally. The audiences during the 'live' recordings are very quiet throughout the playing with only slight rustling detectable between tracks and some applause left in and some edited out.

The discs have been remastered with this edition being copyrighted 1994. By comparing them with the original discs from the 1970's it is clear that they have gained in both extra presence and with a more realistic tonal quality. This is therefore a generous and improved compilation.

The playing is one of a kind and has delighted world-wide audiences whenever the two players have been heard together. The program is essentially an attractive selection of arrangements and transcriptions, skilfully done, which retain enough of the originals to be recognisable yet clearly transformed into guitar 'originals.' Inevitably there is a majority of Spanish music by the likes of Albeniz, Granados, Carulli, Sor, Giuliani and de Falla. To these have been added some original lute music by Johnson and arrangements of Ravel and Faure, his 'Dolly' suite usually known in its orchestral guise.

This then is both a generous and interesting program with enough to engage and please anyone. The playing is expert throughout and the recordings have been successfully improved with remastering. I would therefore suggest that this amounts to a most attractive purchase option.
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Initial post: 21 Mar 2015, 14:00:50 GMT
B. Arthur says:
Recorded not in Bream's 'home studio' but in nearby Wardour Chapel. Bream loved the acoustics of the place and RCA provided facilities for him to do his recordings there.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2015, 15:27:14 GMT
I. Giles says:
Thanks for the correction which has now been made to the review with a thanks to you. There are two Wardour castles. Which one, if either, does the chapel belong to? Best wishes, Ian Giles.
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