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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 (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,326 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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4.4 out of 5 stars

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Baptist on April 21, 2006
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 By John Engstrom on June 14, 2005
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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Neeper on January 9, 2009
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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 By jazztapper on January 13, 2008
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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 By Gregg on September 7, 2007
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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 By Ellen Meade on 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 By Robert Brueckner on 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 By Amazon Customer on 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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