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    Default Essential Classical Guitar Recordings

    In order to raise awareness of this beautiful instrument and the music that was written for it, and also to find out about essential recordings and performers that some of us might not know about I've decided to open this thread, as the only thread that's dedicated to CG is the one in the String forum (at least from what I could find).

    So, I'll start off with this -
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    I believe it's one the warmest music and playing I've heard. Bream is precise, his technique is excellent, but unlike Williams he maintains a very rich and warm tone, which is a great accompaniment to a music that is exactly that - colourfull, Mediterranean and sometimes even mellow and slow.
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    I agree, Bream is also my favourite. He explored a lot of undiscovered repertoire, including contemporary composers like Henze, Bennett and Maxwell Davies, and the RCA recordings generally have a fine, warm and rich sound.

    His Dowland records are likewise fine.

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    Julian Bream definitely is the best. I suggest purchasing the 10CD box set he has called "My Favourite Albums" on RCA/Sony Classical.
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    Julian Bream is excellent, as is John Williams. Among the geezers, there is still a crowd of Segovia admirers. I have this set:

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    Still, for me the magic name in classical guitar performance is Yepes. Search on that name at amazon.com for a lot of options.
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    One of my favourites comes in Stockhausen's Gruppen for 3 orchestras which uses an electric guitar. This guitar part is extraordinary, masterfully done, and fits into the piece in a very special way, sonically and as apart of his grand design. Check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrythes View Post
    So, I'll start off with this - <Spanish Guitar Recital>
    ^ When i saw the thread title i immediately thought of this album.

    Next, perhaps:

    19th Century Music by David Russell
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    Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection


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    Bream is one of my favorites, too. You might want to investigate Paul Galbraith, although he plays an 8-string guitar. I particularly like his Bach Sonatas and Partitas CD, but his new one with works by Mozart, Bach, Britten, and this Albeniz piece is also excellent.


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    You may also want to investigate Kazuhito Yamashita.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    19th Century Music by David Russell
    Here are some essential classical guitar albums:

    Andrés Segovia: 1927 - 1939 Recordings


    Latin-American Guitar Music by Barrios and Ponce


    Most by John Williams, David Russell, ...

    More personal choices:

    Leo Brouwer, Oeuvres pour guitare by Philippe Lemaigre


    Villa-Lobos: Choros No.1/Etude Nos. 1-12/Prelude Nos. 1-5 by Alvaro Pierri


    Manuel Ponce: The Guitar Sonatas by Jason Vieaux

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    Not a huge fan of Barrueco personally, but i can't deny the skill and afro

    300 Years of Guitar Masterpieces


    Modern:

    20th Century Guitar Music by Roberto Aussel


    Elena Papandreou plays Roland Dyens
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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    You just blew up my brain by saying "empty post" in a post that was filled with two words.
    I should ask the Lord how he makes posts with fewer than 10 characters, it's been bugging me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
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    Eliot Fisk is controversial, but there's no denying his jaw-dropping chops or his passion.

    Here's a live video of him playing some Scarlatti:



    and some Paganini:


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