I liked this whole post, but especially
dogonjon wrote:... Williams ... playing says to me "this is what was written...."
Which is an interesting thought: John Williams as the Sviatoslav Richter of the classical guitar. Hmmm... So does that give us Bream as the classical guitar's Glenn Gould? Gould was certainly brilliant, but as a steady diet I think I prefer Richter.
Here is Gould talking about Richter - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1iUdM5k5Hc
. The first minute of this, wherein he divides (virtuoso-level) musicians into two categories is worth careful attention, particularly in the context of this discussion.