The finest moments from 30 years and 30-plus recordings by classical guitar legend (not film composer) John Williams! Includes his gorgeous arrangements of pieces by Bach, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, De Falla, Satie, Barrios, Piazzolla, Albeniz and more-plus three new tracks recorded especially for this CD!
Guitarist John Williams (no, not John Williams
the soundtrack composer) adds to his fine catalog of impeccable recordings with Classic Williams: Romance of the Guitar
. But this isn't just a best-of collection (though some of his greatest work is included here) since the disc contains three new recordings. Among the new tracks, Fauré's Pavane
is a real stunner, a short but gorgeous piece originally meant for orchestra and choir, where Williams's guitar sounds as though it always belonged there. We get Williams at his most interpretative--his arrangements of Satie's Gymnopedie No. 3
and Piazzolla tango Verano porteno
--and his most serene (the "Cavatina" theme from the movie Deer Hunter
). Let's face it, some fine classical guitarists can lull their listeners into near comatose states with their instrument; Williams, on the other hand, is just the opposite. His gorgeous tone, inventive arrangements, and interesting repertoire continue to make the classical guitar sound exciting. In short, a great introduction to Williams and a real gem for lovers of classical guitar. --Jason Verlinde