Various Artists – Romantic Guitar (2011)

FrontCover1This is a real wonderful sampler:

The classical guitar (also called the Spanish guitar, or less specifically, the nylon-string guitar) is the member of the guitar family used in classical music. It is an acoustical wooden guitar with six classical guitar strings as opposed to the metal strings used in acoustic and electric guitars designed for popular music.

In addition to the instrument, the phrase “classical guitar” can refer to two other concepts:

The instrumental finger technique common to classical guitar—individual strings plucked with the fingernails or, rarely, fingertips-

The shape, construction, and material of classical guitars vary, but typically they have a modern classical guitar shape, or historic classical guitar shape resembling early romantic guitars from France and Italy. Classical guitar strings were once made of catgut and nowadays are made of polymers such as nylon, with a fine silver wire wrap on the bass strings.

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A guitar family tree can be identified. The flamenco guitar derives from the modern classical, but has differences in material, construction and sound.

The term modern classical guitar is sometimes used to distinguish the classical guitar from older forms of guitar, which are in their broadest sense also called classical, or more specifically: early guitars. Examples of early guitars include the 6-string early romantic guitar (c. 1790–1880), and the earlier baroque guitars with 5 courses.

Today’s modern classical guitar was established by the late designs of the 19th-century Spanish luthier Antonio Torres Jurado. (by wikipedia)

Listen to the fantstic sound of an accoustic classical guitar …. listen to artists like John Williams, Julian Bream, Norbert Kraft, Victor Villadangos, Marco Tamayo or the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and you will know, how brilliant this music is !

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CD 1:
01. John Williams: Cavatina (from “The Deer Hunter”) (Myers) 3.08
02. Victor Villadangos: Preludio from Suite Del Plata No. 1 (Diego) 1.33
03. Victor Villadangos: Milonga from Suite Del Plata No. 1 (Diego) 3.58
04. Graham Anthony Devine: Sons de Carilhões (Pernambuco) 2.23
05. Los Romeros Canon and Gigue in D Major: I. Canon (Pachelbel) 6.08
06. Norbert Kraft: Gran Vals (Tárrega) 3.07
07. John Williams: Pavane For Guitar And String Orchestra (Fauré) 5.03
08. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: Lotus Eaters (York) 3.24
09. Julian Bream: Rêverie (Debussy) 4.39
10. John Williams: Romance for Guitar and String Orchestra (Anonymous) 3.15
11. Julian Bream: Fantasía para un gentilhombre: Ricercare (Rodrigo) 2.28
12. Marco Tamayo: Canción (Rodriguez)
13. John Williams: La catedral (Barrios-Mangoré) 6.52
14. Norbert Kraft: Endecha (Tárrega) 1.16
15. Julian Bream: Guitar Concerto in A, Op. 30: Andantino siciliano (Giuliani) 6.19
16. Julian Bream: Dolly Suite, Op. 56: III. Jardin de Dolly (Fauré) 3.23
17. Narciso Yepes & Godelieve Monden: Fuga Elegiaca: Fuga: Moderato e mesto (Castelnuovo-Tedesco) 2.37
18. Julian Bream: Danza Española No. 5 (Granados) 4.13

CD 2:
01. Julian Bream: Concerto in D Major for Lute and Strings, RV 93: Largo (Vivaldi) 3.47
02. Norbert Kraft: Adelita (Tárrega) 1.13
03. Julian Bream & John Williams; Cantos de Espana, Op. 232: No. 4, Córdoba (Nocturne) (Albéniz) 6.21
04. Narciso Yepes & Godelieve Monden: Danse Seide No. 5 (Gurdjieff) 3.03
05. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: The Yellow Cake Review, Farewell to Stromness (Excerpt) (Davies) 4.14
06. Graham Anthony Devine: Sentimental Melody (Villa-Lobos) 4.15
07. John Williams: Holland Park (Claire) 3.05
08. Julian Bream: Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio (Rodrigo) 10.37
09. Slava Grigoryan & Eduard Grigryan: Café 1930 (Piazzolla) 6.22
10. Marco Tamayo: Ojos Brujos (Brouwer) 2.37
11. John Williams: Salut d’amour, Op. 12 (Elgar) 2.50
12. Slava Grigoryan: Incantation No. 1 (Lovelady) 4.43
13. Augustin Wiedemann: Message In A Bottle (Sting) 4.07
14. Martin Taylor: I Get Along Without You Very Well (Carmichael) 5.47

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John Williams – Schindler’s List (OST) (1993)

FrontCover1When John Williams received his 29th Academy Award nomination for Schindler’s List, he had already won Oscars for Fiddler on the Roof, Jaws, Star Wars, and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. He had long been an automatic nominee, but as Hollywood’s most honored working composer it was generally believed that it would take an extraordinary addition to his legacy for the Academy to award Williams a fifth trophy. Schindler’s List would prove to be that extraordinary work — and not just because of the enormous historical and social import of the film and it’s subject, though those factors could only have strengthened Williams appeal to Academy voters. Schindler’s List feels like his attempt at a magnum opus. Though even simpler in its melodies and themes than some of his famous sweeping popcorn movie scores, it carries the ambition of a major symphonic composition. This is especially true in the segments that are graced with exquisitely rich and evocative violin SchindlersList02solos by world famous violinist Itzhak Perlman. Perlman’s masterful performances give Williams’ compositions an authenticity and grounding that offsets the composer’s predilection for sentimentality and bombast. “Restraint” was the word that appeared most frequently in discussions of Steven Spielberg’s Holocaust epic. The critical consensus was that the director had managed to depict the horrors of the greatest tragedy in world history without giving in to his customary urges to tug transparently at the heart strings of his audiences. In truth, Spielberg was only able to exercise restraint through the first two and a half hours of the film; he ended up throwing it out the window in the maudlin conclusion. Williams, too, is guilty of indulging in emotional excess. Which isn’t surprising when you consider that his music has always been one of Spielberg’s most effective heart-tugging tools. Like the film itself, his score is best at its simplest, deriving its emotional power from the events it depicts and bearing in mind that audiences do not need help from filmmakers and composers in order to be emotionally affected by the Holocaust. (by Evan Cater)

SchindlersList04It is impossible to describe in mere words how beautiful the violin solos on this soundtrack are. John Williams has composed two haunting themes (“Theme from Schindler’s List”, tracks 1 and 14, and “Remembrances”, tracks 4 and 14), and Itzhak Perlman infuses his playing with so much emotion that just listening to his violin makes you want to cry.
In addition to the violin solos and the instrumental underscoring, the album also includes several choral pieces, with a full harmonic sound that swells to fill the room. Williams’ music, reminiscent of traditional Jewish melodies, perfectly conveys the tensions and emotions of this heart-breaking movie. “Schindler’s List” is a perfect example to demonstrate the range of John Williams’ talent; not only has he given us such memorable themes as Indiana Jones, E.T., and of course Star Wars, but he is also capable of reaching deep into his soul and producing such heart-wrenching music as this. (by shel99)

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by
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Giora Feidman (clarinet)
Itzhak Perlman (violin)
Li-Ron Herzeliya Children’s Choir (choir)
Oyf’n Pripetshok (choir)

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Tracklist:
01. Theme From Schindler’s List (Williams) 4.14
02. Jewish Town (Krakow Ghetto – Winter ’41) (Williams) 4.38
03. Immolation (With Our Lives, We Give Life) (Williams) 4.43
04. Remembrances (Williams) 4.19
05. Schindler’s Workforce (Williams) 10.36
06. OYF’N Pripetshok And Nacht Aktion (Pripetshok) 3.51
07. I Could Have Done More (Williams) 5.52
08. Auschwitz-Birkenau (Williams) 3.41
09. Stolen Memories (Williams) 4.17
10. Making The List (Williams) 5.06
11. Give Me Your Names (Williams) 4.56
12. Yeroushalaim Chel Zahav (Jerusalem Of Gold) (Shemer) 2.14
13. Remembrances (With Itzhak Perlman) (Williams) 5.16
14. Theme From Schindler’s List (Reprise) (Williams) 3.57

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John Williams – Empire Of The Sun (OST) (1987)

JohnWilliamsEmpireFCOn the rebound from blockbuster success, John Williams’ Empire Of The Sun soundtrack keeps it simple and effective.

With its almost ghostly reliance on child singers and religious overtones, there’s something incredibly poignant about John Williams’ soundtrack to Steven Spielberg’s epic war drama, adapted from the JG Ballard novel. In a typically Spielbergian move, the story is told from a child’s perspective, and it is this innocent viewpoint that informs the score, deceptively simple yet incredibly powerful.

JohnWilliamsEmpireThe ’80s had been a time of blockbuster after blockbuster for John Williams, so when he came to score Empire Of The Sun in 1987 it was perhaps only natural that he scaled things back. The drama demands it, but Williams also made it a virtue – and as with so many Spielberg/Williams collaborations, the film would be rendered inert without the emotional graft supplied by the music. It’s all the more incredible, then, that Williams was able to supply it with little more than children’s voices and light orchestration.

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01. Suo Gan 2.19
02. Cadillac Of The Skies 3:48
03. Jim’s New Life 2:33
04. Lost In The Crowd 5:39
05. Imaginary Air Battle 2:35
06. The Return To The City 7:45
07. Liberation: Exsultate Justi 1:46
08. The British Grenadiers (Traditional) 2:25
09. Toy Planes, Home And Hearth (Chopin Mazurka Opus 17 No. 4) 4:37
10. The Streets Of Shanghai 5:11
11. The Pheasant Hunt 4:24
12. No Road Home / Seeing The Bomb 6:10
13. Exsultate Justi 4:59

Music composed by John Williams

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