Your Favorite Bream?

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Your Favorite Bream?

Post by Carey » Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:30 pm

My top three, in no particular order, are Art of Julian Bream, 20th Century Guitar, and Nocturnal (1993 EMI).
Interested to hear of others' favorites.

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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by Lovemyguitar » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:52 pm

My favourite Bream? Julian!

Tough to pick favourites, since mood often determines the choice of the moment, however, your choices are often at the top of my listening list (we both seem to like the contemporary Bream-commissioned repertoire!), as are Dedication, Music of Spain: Granados and Albeniz, Bach Recital (EMI), Popular Classics for Spanish Guitar, the Villa-Lobos recordings, the Live album with John Williams, and the BBC Testament CD. Those would be followed by, oh, all the others!

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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by Dirck Nagy » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:23 pm

+1 for Music of Spain: Granados & Albeniz and 20th Century Guitar

also: the first Together album with John Williams, and the 1970s recording An Evening with Julian Bream featuring his version of Giuliani's Rossiniane op119/121.
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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by LVR » Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:05 am

20th C. Guitar and Nocturnal for sure. But all Bream is good Bream. The Julian Bream Consort with Bream on lute is great also. (RCA Victor)
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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by knikolai » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:37 am

20th Century is obviously a favorite, and now Id like to track down a copy of Nocturnal, especially for that Brouwer sonata.

I wish I could find a good recording of this as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSixf0uoGJ8

Bream has some great gems in his discography that can be hard to come by these days.

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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by RainyDayMan » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:43 am

Almost any Bream recording is exquisite. Nobody has me ntioned " Romantic Guitar". While not inclined towards the Romantic repertoire in general, I love this album. The Mendelsohn string quartet is a just one gem.

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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by ddray » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:28 am

This:

https://youtu.be/Hd9YiLRdKDA

And I'll tell you why. Way back in the early 80s I saw a documentary about Bream on cable TV, soon after we first got cable at our house. This song by Dowland was performed (not this particular performance though)... and it really moved me and first got me interested in classical guitar and the lute. I've never forgotten it.
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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by CliffK » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:38 am

All Bream, guitar and lute. :D
Guitar, I like the three cd: Julian Bream Ultimate Guitar Collection. Listening to V. 2 just now with morning coffee.
Lute: Julian Bream Plays Dowland, LP

His sparkling and creative personality inspires me also.
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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by Tom » Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:31 pm

His Grand Overture is the all time BEST!

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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by Lovemyguitar » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:26 pm

Tom wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:31 pm
His Grand Overture is the all time BEST!
Indeed, Bream injects so much life into the 19th century repertoire! His "Guitarra" recording of Sor's Grand Solo is electrifying!

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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by richtm » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:46 pm

I love his "La maya de Goya" video recording most... :bravo:
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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by Tom Poore » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:35 am

I’ll cast a vote for his 1965 “Music for Voice and Guitar” with Peter Pears. Bream himself said he learned how to phrase by working with Pears. His playing on this recording is vivid and astonishing. Some find Pears’ voice annoying. I don’t, and I treasure this recording. Pears and Bream are a tremendous match. Never have I heard anyone surpass these performances.

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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by Carey » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:50 pm

I think Bream's playing on the recordings with Pears is superb, too. I was reading an old interview with Bream recently, and he said that he didn't
think his sense of rhythm was very good. (?)

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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by Carey » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:55 pm

knikolai wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:37 am
20th Century is obviously a favorite, and now Id like to track down a copy of Nocturnal, especially for that Brouwer sonata.

I wish I could find a good recording of this as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSixf0uoGJ8

Bream has some great gems in his discography that can be hard to come by these days.
For anyone who might be interested, there is a copy of Bream's EMI Nocturnal disc on the big river site right now at a not-insane price.

I like Bream's recording of the Brouwer Sonata very much.

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Re: Your Favorite Bream?

Post by WilliamSchart » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:38 pm

Another one I like and don’t see mentioned above, is the one with the Boccherini quint. Think it was called something like “Julian Bream and Friends” or the like.

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