Sor, Turina, Falla, Villa-Lobos & Moreno Torroba

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COMPOSERS: Falla,Sor,Turina,Villa-Lobos & Moreno Torroba
LABELS: DG Westminster
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Spanish Guitar Music
WORKS: Works
PERFORMER: Julian Bream (guitar)
CATALOGUE NO: 471 236-2 ADD mono Reissue (1957)
A chance to hear the young Julian Bream in a recital of core repertoire – not all strictly Spanish. Brazilian Villa-Lobos’s inventive and idiomatic Preludes are musically the most interesting and best show off Bream’s eloquent, colourful playing, along with Falla’s brooding Homenaje.

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Bream performs everything with his customary technical mastery and singing tone, but a little of guitarist-composer Fernando Sor’s Classical salon music goes a long way, and the Turina and Torroba pieces are pleasant, but lightweight. Recorded sound is close, emphasising string squeaks and breaths, and there is a distracting background hiss. A collector’s item. Emma Baker