Julian Bream: Heitor Villa-Lobos - Guitar Concerto, Preludes, Etudes (FLAC)
Julian Bream: Heitor Villa-Lobos - Guitar Concerto, Preludes, Etudes (FLAC)

Performer: Julian Bream
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Andre Previn
Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: RCA
Size: 287 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: no

Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
01. Allegro Preciso
02. Andantino e Andante; Cadenza
03. Allegretto Non Troppo

Five Preludes
04. Prelude No.1 in E Minor: Andantino espressivo
05. Prelude No.5 in E: Andantino
06. Prelude No.3 in A Minor: Andante, Molto adagio; Andante
07. Prelude No.4 in E Minor: Lento; Animato; Moderato; Lento
08. Prelude No.2 in D: Poco Animato

Twelve Etudes
09. Etude No.1: Allegro non troppo; Lento
10. Etude No.2: Allegro
11. Etude No.3: Allegro moderato
12. Etude No.4: Poco moderato; A tempo; Grandioso
13. Etude No.5: Andantino
14. Etude No.6: Poco Allegro
15. Etude No.7: Tres Anime; Piu mosso
16. Etude No.8: Moderato
17. Etude No.9: Tres peu anime
18. Etude No.10: Tres anime; Vif; Un peu anime; Vif
19. Etude No.11: Lento; Anime
20. Etude No.12: Anime

The greatest version of the Etudes and Preludes

There are lots of recordings of the etudes and preludes by Villa-Lobos. Most of them copy the style of Julian Bream. Listeners do not always realize how important the performer is in defining a work. Pieces like these can be interpreted in an infinite variety of ways. Bream set our ears to hear them this way, and most performers would be hard-pressed to imagine them any other way. One feels as if Bream found the path through the Villa-Lobos jungle that leads to Amazonian Nirvana. It’s a tremendous accomplishment, and one for which I rarely hear Bream credited. These have been hard to find. I recommend them to anyone who is studying these works, and to anyone who just wants to treat their ears and their souls to the pure luxury of Villa-Lobos’s special brand of genius, performed by the REAL master of the guitar.


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