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The Ultimate Guitar Collection

John Williams , Isaac Albeniz , Italian Anonymous , Johann Sebastian Bach , Agustin Barrios-Mangore , Leo Brouwer , Charles Byrd , Antonio Carillo , Edward Elgar , Manuel de Falla Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Composer: Isaac Albeniz, Italian Anonymous, Johann Sebastian Bach, Agustin Barrios-Mangore, Leo Brouwer, et al.
  • Audio CD (March 29, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0007TFH52
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Suite Espanola, Op.47: Asturias (Leyenda)
2. Cavatina From The Deer Hunter
3. Lute Suite No.4 In E Major, BWV 1006a: Prelude
4. Triangular Situations
5. Recuerdos De La Alhambra
6. Romance
7. Dance From La Vida Breve
8. Sonata In E Major, K 380
9. Como Llora Una Estrella (Valse-Cancion)
10. The Mission
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Concierto De Aranjuez: II. Adagio
2. El Diablo Suelto (Valse)
3. Preludio En Do Menor (In C Minor)
4. Suite Espanola, Op.47: Sevilla (Sevillanas)
5. Gnossienne No.1
6. Cueca
7. Schindler's List
8. Lute Suite No.4 In E Major, BWV 1006a: Gavotte
9. Nkosi Sikelel'i Afrika
10. Pavane
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Editorial Reviews

This guitar virtuoso has won so many fans because he plays so many styles so brilliantly, as he does on the two-plus hours of breathtaking recordings in this retrospective. Here are Lute Suite in E Major Bach; Gnossienne No. 1 Satie; La Catedral Barrios; Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez Rodrigo; El Diablo Suelto Fernandez, plus pieces by everyone from Elgar to Morricone to Joplin to Williams himself!

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The title very aptly describes this great classical guitar album showcasing some of the best ever works of John Williams on 2 discs. The track selections are great as they span the centuries from the Baroque greats of Bach and Vivaldi to the modern day composers such as Stanley Myers and York. John even flirts with Blues and Jazz-style pieces and they actually sound very good. In addition, they did a much better mastering job on this version than on the single disc, "Classic John Williams" album that was released a few years earlier and so the sound quality is much better. John Williams' playing is without peer and his technique is superior to the vast majority of the exponents of classical guitar that are out there. I've heard recordings of many others who have tried to play "Cavatina" for example and they have never come close to the natural and flowing version that John plays. If you are a fan of this type of music or of John Williams' work, this is the best compilation that you can get that's out there. Highly recommended!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little something for everybody June 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
First, this is gorgeous guitar playing by someone who knows what he's doing. John Williams (not to be confused by the film score composer of the same name) is a superb classical guitarist. Many of these pieces are *classical* in nature, while a few are more *popular*. Many are solo, the rest in small chamber groups. Some will get your toes tapping, some will start you daydreaming, and some will make you cry with their beauty. All of it is magnificent.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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After nearly wearing out favorite CDs of Christopher Parkening and Segovia, I gave this John Williams collection a spin. I love the choice of tracks--some beautiful newer pieces in addition to crisp, lovely interpretations of several favorites (Asturias, La Vida Breve, Concierto de Aranjuez--you know, the ones everyone plays). He also fit in three Charlie Byrd blues tracks that, though not my favorites, work surprisingly well. William's playing is so clean and expressive--melodies ring out clearly, never belabored. Very pleasureful listening. Guess I'll be wearing this one out too...

Update: A few years later, I'm still loving the classical tracks but I've got to admit some of those "alternative" (non-classical) tracks aren't holding up to repeat listening. John Williams is not my man for syncopated material.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome January 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This cd has the best of John Williams all in one package. I would highly reccomend this cd to anyone who loves classical guitar.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Music September 7, 2007
By Gregg
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album was absolutely amazing. I find myself listening to it almost every day. The music to "The Mission" alone is worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album December 31, 2012
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This classical guitar collection is the best of all the albums I have. It's recognizable music that soothes the soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars expectation January 12, 2013
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I was disappointed in this CD. Somehow the selection seemed to be just thrown together just to sell another CD.
I am aware that John Williams is one of the great Guitarists now, but the playing, though technically perfect, seems
sometimes a little flat... but that's just an amateurs opinion...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD! January 7, 2013
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John Williams is one of the best classical guitar players I have heard. This collection is well worth the price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical guitar playing at it's best.
One of the greatest classical guitarist of our time. I think no one can play "Asturias " as perfectly as he can among others. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rkab8745
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Williams is perfect - selections are so-so
This album is a hodge-podge of Williams' work over several decades. It is worth having for that reason. His guitar artistry is superb. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars The Passion of Guitar
Always wonderful to listen to beautiful, masterful guitar and John Williams is a master.
Listen and enjoy the thrilling music.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Bohdanna West
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the buy!!
I brought this as a gift for my pen pal. She raved over it. She shares she listens to this CD every night while reading:)
Published 8 months ago by A'sonda
2.0 out of 5 stars This just did not inspire me as other music does. I love his music...
Was not as impressed as I thought that I would be. I love his music but this did not cut it.
Published 10 months ago by Genice Eichert
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you AMAZON
when will Amazon music be available for download in Australia? isn't it about time we could get audio and movie too!
Published 11 months ago by RoyN
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful CD
So happy to have found John Williams; relaxing and beautiful music to listen to. He is a very talented man for sure!!!
Published 12 months ago by K. OConnor
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful blend
John Williams is among the great guitarists of the world, and these tunes he renders ... some classic, some movie hits, and more ... is a superb collection for every mood.
Published 14 months ago by Michael E. Stubblefield
5.0 out of 5 stars How good is it?
This man makes the guitar speak. He has the ability to put the music inside one's head. I can sit and listen through cans and without interruption for hours. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael Alborough
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