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Masters of Flamenco Guitar

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Many subtly varied kinds of music fall under the rubric of flamenco, which is a style of singing, dancing, and even living, as well as playing the guitar. This collection presents a good guitar selection, highlighted by the polished technique of Sabicas, the profundity of Manolo de Huelva, and the sheer brilliance of Melchor de Marchena. There is a drastic change of atmosphere in the transition from track 10 (a zapateado played by Nino Ricardo) to track 11: Manolo de Huelva accompanying the voice of Manuel Vallejo. Suddenly we are in a cuadro, the natural environment of flamenco, with a group of participants clapping, stamping their feet, and shouting encouragement to the musicians. No longer is it just a man sitting alone on a stage or in a studio, playing the guitar fluently and flawlessly; this is cante hondo, the heart of flamenco, intense and astringent, and the best of this disc's many flavors. --Joe McLellan

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Zapateado - Sabicas
  2. Taranta 'Camino De Linares' - Sabicas
  3. Bulerias 'Con Un Clavel' - Sabicas
  4. Alegrias 'Salero Gaditano' - Sabicas
  5. Farruca 'El Albacin' - Sabicas
  6. Siguiriyas 'Serrana Juncal' - Nino Ricardo
  7. Fandangos 'Martisma De Hueiva' - Nino Ricardo
  8. Soleares 'Gitana Gaditana' - Nino Ricardo
  9. Malguena 'Velez-Malaga' - Nino Ricardo
  10. Zapateado - Nino Ricardo
  11. Pregon 'Liego El Frutero' - Manolo De Huelva
  12. Fandangos Por Solea 'Yo No Me Hubiera Perdido' 'Ruegale A Dios Por Salud' - Manolo De Huelva
  13. Malaguena 'No Te Hagas Ilusiones' - Manolo De Huelva
  14. Fandangos 'Ese Me Gusto Seria'/'Ni Hermosa Ni Dinero' - Manolo De Huelva
  15. Bulerias - Melchor De Marchena
  16. Tanguillos De Cadiz - Melchor De Marchena
  17. Sevillianas - Melchor De Marchena
  18. Penteras - Melchor De Marchena
  19. Serranas - Melchor De Marchena
  20. Soleares - Melchor De Marchena


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 25, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: November 25, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000005HA9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With all the 'Neuvo Flamenco' and its accompaning popularity. It is nice (and a relief) I might add, to hear the flamenco guitar in its purist form. Not only does this cd contain Sabicas and Nino Ricardo. It also contains four very rare perfomances by Manolo de Huelva. Which are difficult to find anywhere. Also included are Melchor de Marchena performing six pieces. This is truly Pure Flamenco at its best.
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If you are looking for something along the lines of Gypsy Soul (HIGHLY recommend it) or Gypsy Passion (also wonderful music), which I was, this most likely is not one for you.
This is R-A-W & hard core Flamenco guitar without much, if any, other vocal or instrumental accompaniment. I guess, the title says it all.
The masters can sure "pick'em".
I am warming up to it......slowly ;-).
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Not only is this CD flamenco puro at its best, It almost defines flamenco puro. The performers are all famous (sabicas, nino ricardo, manolo de huelva and Melchor de Marchena). The performances are old (40-50 years +) and are true to the spirit of flamenco puro.

I listened to other flamenco guitar performances, but not until I listened to this CD several times did I fall in love with the flamenco guitar.
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For the price, great for those interested in classic flamenco guitar. Sabicas, Nino Ricardo, and the others were true flamenco maestros.

Something I noticed, though, (which is not Amazon's fault, I think) but must be the record company's, is that the Sabicas tracks are probably mislabeled. Based on my understanding of the flamenco forms, the 'compases', the tracks are probably shown out of order. Listening to the pieces, the first track is an alegria, the second a buleria, the third a farruca, the fourth a zapateado (and I have a DVD where Sabicas is playing this and it is labeled as being a zapateado), and the fifth a taranta, so actual ordering of the tracks should probably read:

Alegrias 'Salero Gaditano' - Sabicas
Bulerias 'Con Un Clavel' - Sabicas
Farruca 'El Albacin' - Sabicas
Zapateado - Sabicas
Taranta 'Camino De Linares' - Sabicas

I think the ordering for the non-Sabicas tracks is okay.
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I bought this set because I'm a big fan of Jesse Cook. What I quickly discovered was that most of these works, though they are complex and unique, just aren't good background music material. Jesse Cook actually has some circularity to his music, so that each song feels like a complete and satisfying piece of music. However, the songs in this set feel like jagged glass in a jar--they don't mesh with each other, and they don't express a complete musical thought. I found it very distracting to try to listen to it as I studied or read, so for me, it was a wasted purchase.
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This CD offers flamenco toques played by four of the best guitarists who ever played the instrument. Sabicas and Nino Ricardo are the best known players here but Melchor de Marchena and Manolo de Huelva may be two of the best who ever accompanied the cante. Melchor's genius is well known but Manolo's playing is wonderful to hear. Though his playing isn't lyrical or as dynamic as Sabicas, Manolo was considered the best of his time. He didn't record often and indeed avoided recording his material as did many flamenco guitarists of that time. The CD's audio is very good and this collection is a treat for aficionados of the flamenco guitar.
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I love this CD and I'm so glad to have recordings by Sabicas, Nino Ricardo, Manolo de Huelva, and Melchor de Marchena. I'm very glad indeed, especially since all of these legendary artists of flamenco puro have been dead for several decades. This CD, "Masters of Flamenco Guitar" allows these artist's work to live on so that future generations can enjoy their gifts to the world.

I think this CD is easy to listen to, even if you're not a flamencologist or aficionado. The cante (singing) which can be hard to listen to if you're not into flamenco, is palatable even to the casual listener.

I think it is important to patronize the arts to keep them alive, so I recommend purchasing this CD. In fact, at $9.18 I might even purchase a 2nd CD as a back-up. Thank you, Amazon, for carrying this CD.
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This CD consists of five tracks each from four different artists. The recordings are of impressive quality considering their ages! Going from one section to another is like a change in the seasons. The other artists might not match Sabicas' technical abilities (in terms of notes-per-second and finesse), but they make up for it with their own special qualities. Nino Ricardo's recordings are dripping with emotion and only a statue would be unable to feel it.

Note that Manolo de Huelva's tracks include palmas (clapping) and singing. Hard-core flamenco straight from Andalucia.

If I were to pick five tracks as my entire collection of Sabicas to have on a desert island, would I have picked these same five? Probably not, but I would have included #1 and #4. For more Sabicas try Flamenco On Fire and The Greatest Flamenco Guitarist.

But Melchor de Marchena! God rest His soul. I wish there were more recordings; I have played these precious five tracks a million times. How could such rambunctious talent die? Un saludo, Maestro!
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