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listen  1. KoyunbabaChristopher Parkening 5:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring from CantataChristopher Parkening 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rumores de la CaletaChristopher Parkening 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Recuerdos de la AlhambraChristopher Parkening 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Concierto de Aranjuez: II. AdagioRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra10:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Etude No. 1 in E minorChristopher Parkening 1:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. RomanceChristopher Parkening 1:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Empress of the PagodasChristopher Parkening 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Preambulo & Allegro vivoChristopher Parkening 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. ChaconneChristopher Parkening13:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. II. Reflections from Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra for Two ChristophersChristopher Parkening 9:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Guitar Concerto #1 in D -Ritmico e cavalleresco (3rd movement)Christopher Parkening 6:39$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (May 2, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000F2CAN8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A tie-in with Parkening’s similarly titled autobiography, this disc samples some of the guitarist’s "greatest hits" and includes two tracks of special interest: a preview of a forthcoming release and a rarity from his youth. Parkening’s fans will find the latter fascinating. Dating from 1963, it features the 15-year old soloist in his orchestral concert debut in a very respectable performance of a movement from Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Guitar Concerto No. 1. The preview is a live excerpt from Carlo Domeniconi’s Koyunbaba that whets the appetite for more of this Italian composer’s Turkish-influenced music. The rest of the disc abounds in previously release, wonderfully executed virtuoso guitar pieces that are display pieces for the instrument at its most expressive. There are Bach arrangements, a generous selection of Spanish works, and the slow movement from Elmer Bernstein’s Guitar Concerto. This disc is a must for Parkening’s fans and an excellent introduction to classical guitar for the rest of us. -- Dan Davis

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By guitarscape on July 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Parkening was once among the top 5 guitarists in the world but that's when segovia was still alive. Parkening's last CD release was in 2000 (Christopher Parkening · Elmer Bernstein ~ Concerto for Guitar - E. Bernstein · Albeniz · Marshall). The reason why he has not produced any new album in 6 years is mysterious to me.

This so called "new" CD, contains only two new (and incomplete) piece of work "Moderato And Presto From Koyunbaba" and the first ever release of Christopher Parkening's live performance of the third movement of Tedesco's Guitar Concerto recorded when Chris was just fifteen years old. All the rest are old stuff and almost all can be found in his 25 year EMI celebration album (The Great Recordings ~ By America's Preeminent Guitar Virtuoso) which includes much more of his best (2 discs).

I usually consider it lame for publishers to make money out of old stuff (like what sony did with many of John Williams albums). The Koyunbaba is just a "preview" and the complete version is scheduled to be released on a next album (just to hook you up). In this new track of koyunbaba, Parkening put in many legatos so that the piece sounds very artificial and over-manipulated. It is intriguing at the begining, though.

On the other hand, i would recommend buying his autobiography of the same title. It is about 300 pages, hard cover and sells for about the same price as this CD. It even include a free sampler (3 tracks) of this CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Redgecko on January 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Here is a track listing since Amazon hasn't supplied one in the 1-1/2 years that this has been available.

1. Moderato And Presto From Koyunbaba
2. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
3. Rumores De La Caleta
4. Recuerdos De La Alhambra
5. Concierto De Aranjuez: II. Adagio
6. Etude
7. Romance
8. Empress Of The Pagodas
9. Preambulo And Allegro Vivo
10. Chaconne From Violin Partita No. 2
11. Concerto For Guitar And Orchestra: II. Reflections
12. Guitar Concerto No. 1 In D: III. Ritmico E Cavalleresco

Parkening fans such as myself, who attended masterclasses and regarded many of his earlier recordings as being definitive wept (figuratively) when we saw this CD and acknowledged that our guitar hero was no more. This is a rehash of a few of the pieces that made him famous but is an embarrassing offering from the one-time boy wonder. This is no more evident than in the truncated offering of Koyunbaba. Was Parkening just too lazy to learn the other three parts of this lovely masterpiece? And, why do we have to hear Bach's Chaconne again--the piece that brought him to the attention of the world when he played it in public after taking lessons for only two years? So, don't spend $24 on this overpriced import when his music is available elsewhere coupled with the great songs that made him America's number one guitarist in the 80's. Top two choices are: "In The Spanish Style" and "The Great Recordings". Bach's Chaconne, if you must have this 14 minute masterpiece, is available on "The Artistry Of Christopher Parkening".

But, if you must own this then buy the non-import version which sells for about $10.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Redgecko on July 12, 2008
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This is a rehash of a few of the pieces that made him famous but is an embarrassing offering from the one-time boy wonder. This is no more evident than in the truncated offering of Koyunbaba. Was Parkening just too lazy to learn the other three parts of this lovely masterpiece? So, don't spend the money on this so-called greatest hits compilation (and, only 65 minutes of music) when his music is available elsewhere coupled with the great songs that made him America's number one guitarist in the 80's. Top two choices are: "In The Spanish Style" and "The Great Recordings". Bach's Chaconne, if you must have this 14 minute masterpiece, is available on "The Artistry Of Christopher Parkening", another worthy recording.

Again, I lament that the full 4-part version of Koyunbaba hasn't been recorded by Parkening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathie J. Irwin on May 13, 2013
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Christopher Parkening offers once again his gift of highly skilled music that is soothing to the soul. Wonderful! It's a soothing oasis within this extremely busy world of ours.
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Not much to say, here. I love it and his playing is always wonderful, as he brings out the best in the music and his instrument.
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By Graham N Russell on November 24, 2014
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An excellent book and cd in great shape. Like new
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