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Mediterranean Concerto

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Audio CD, February 9, 1990
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Mclaughlin,John ~ Concerto For Guitar & Orchestra: Mediterranean


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  1. Concerto For Guitar And Orchestra ''The Mediterranean''/I. Rhythmic12:00$1.98  Buy MP3 
  2. Concerto For Guitar And Orchestra ''The Mediterranean''/II. Slow & Sad15:34$2.97  Buy MP3 
  3. Concerto For Guitar And Orchestra ''The Mediterranean''/III. Animato 8:37$1.98  Buy MP3 
  4. Brise De Coeur 7:52$1.98  Buy MP3 
  5. Montana 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Two Sisters 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Until Such Time 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Zakir 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Katia Labèque
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Audio CD (February 9, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Guitarist John McLaughlin performs with full orchestra in this recording of his vibrant, evocative "Mediterranean Concerto." The piece is a stunning collage of moods and colour that defies classification.Is it jazz? Is it classical? It doesn't matter. If you like sun and ocean and wine and garlic, you'll like this music. It's a great way to bring a little Mediterranean light into a drab northern winter. And the CD also includes some pleasant piano-guitar duets. A bargain, for anyone interested in modern music that does more than fill AM airtime.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Harris on February 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This cd deserved more promotion than it got. The slow second movement of the concerto is absolutely beautiful and evocative - certainly to the level of more famous concertos such as those by Rodrigo. Just the second movement of the concerto is worth the price of the cd. The piano/guitar duets are pretty moving as well. I highly recommend this CD. John Mclaughlin deserves a lot of praise for his compositional skills on this one - as well as his fleet fingered guitar exploits.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PK on September 5, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Funny that no one here has mentioned the piano/guitar duos with John and Katia, his girlfriend at the time. Despite the boring romantic connection, the duos are really terrific. So much dramatic content. The CD would really be a bit of a rip if it were just the concerto, which is, of course, a lovely thing in itself, something I have played about 150 times in my life. But I always look forward to the duos. I hope you're not skipping them, because you're missing out if you do. Why only 4 stars? Gets more attention that way. No one reads the 5-star reviews. Otherwise it's really 5-stars. How many jazz fusion guitaristists are writing concertos these days? That are as good as this one? Not many. Thanks for reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr H on March 19, 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Let's get one thing clear at the onset: John McLaughlin is, at this writing (2015) one of the world's greatest living guitarists. I first became aware of his music when I was a kid, around the time that the first Mahavishnu Orchestra was disbanding. Instantly hooked by his music, I set out to find everything he had recorded, and I've seen him in live concert nearly a dozen times in various settings. Technically brilliant (always); musically impeccable (usually) -- though he did have a rare lapse of taste now and then, such as the concert where I watched him spend more time fiddling with the dials on his new guitar synth than he did actually playing the guitar... Oh well, even Bach and Beethoven had an occasional bad day.

Through all this, it somehow managed to escape my attention that McLaughlin had written a guitar concerto. This seemed an unusual venue for a primarily jazz/avant-garde/rock guitarist, but stranger things have happened, and once I learned of the concerto, I immediately knew that I had to have it.

Every rock lead guitarist wants to write the next rock anthem; every orchestral composer wants to write a symphony; every pop singer-songwriter wants to write the next standard, that people will still be singing thirty years from now. And I guess that every technically-gifted instrumentalist who also composes wants to write at least one concerto for their instrument of choice. And hence, I suppose, "The Mediterranean" concerto for guitar and orchestra by John McLaughlin.

However, while "write a concerto" may well have been on John's bucket list, what resulted is not his best work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By perrymasonary on May 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This album preformed on some tracks with a full orchestra is just wonderful.

The Mediterranean Concerto is just wonderful, as this is the main piece. The piece is rich and colorful that evokes drama. John McLaughlin is such an amazing talent crossing over to many different genres.

The other pieces are equally colorful.

This album is a real bargain for modern classical music.

I can't agree with the 3 star reviewer as the guitar comes through clearly.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary B. Robinson on December 4, 2010
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This is a gorgeous piece, and McLaughlin plays it brilliantly. There's a 3-star review from someone who didn't like the mix, but I did not notice any issue with the mix. I hear the guitar very clearly. This album should have a 5-star average rating.

For my tastes, it compares favorably with Rodrigo's famous Concierto de Aranzuez. The middle movement of that piece is a a great all-time classic, and is probably a bit better than anything here. But I feel that McLaughlin's piece beats the other two movements. McLaughlin's range as a musician and composer is unbelievable. This piece is moving and warm. If you like Rodrigo, you must have this, and if you like McLaughlin, how could you not experience this?
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By Tony on August 18, 2014
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The sound engineering is poor. Mr. McLaughlin's guitar is over shadowed by the sound mix of the orchestra and the guitar is muffled and dull in timbre. The compositions are not very interesting compared to his 1974 album "Apocalypse" with George Martin's orchestral arrangements for the London Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas conducting.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Georgia L. Arvidson on November 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I always thought the Concerto was supposed to feature the soloist. McLaughlin is so buried by the orchestra most of the time it could be considered a Symphony with something else going on in the distant background. This is a great dissappointment because it is obvious, aside from the terribly bad mix, that this could have been a remarkable recording. Hopefully John did not OK this mix. The London Symphony's performance of Michael Gibb's sparkling orchestration of McLaughlin's work is truely world class. McLaughlin's performance of his own work shows his incredible performance capability. I cry when I can't hear it.
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