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I don't see why some people find one better than the other.
Both are amazing; they are just different.
If you like a musically and technically sophisticated performance, Williams may suit you better. If you believe music should be something romantic and beautiful, you should definitely go for Russell. Besides, they contain many different songs.
If you are a guitar enthusiast, you should have both. They are worth the money!!!
One advantage in living in Paraguay is being nearly immersed in Barrios' music. The guitar program recognized by the Ministry of Culture is top-heavy with Barrios from year three on, to the detriment of a balanced repertoire. Everyone plays Barrios all the time. My favorite Barrios CDs are by the two top Paraguayan guitarists: Berta Rojas, Intimate Barrios (Dorian Recordings), and Luz Maria Bobadilla, Homenaje a Agustin Barrios Mangore (Banco Union del Paraguay). Are Berta and Luz Maria as good as Williams and Russell? No. But they have grown up surrounded by the rhythms and harmonies that first flowed through Barrios' head and heart. They feel and interpret the part of Barrios' work that is distinctively Paraguayan (only part of his work draws heavily on that background) better than any other guitarist I've heard. With them, Barrios sings in a way that is missing in either Russell or Williams. BTW, try comparing Berta Rojas's recording of Verano Porteño with that of Williams.
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David Russell's all Barrios CD remains a very fine CD, with his typical combination of outstanding technique married to a fine, intuitive way of highly musical, felt phrasing.
John Williams, with whom David Russell is compared when it comes to performances of Barrios' guitar music, may be more polished than Russell, yet there is a sameness about how he plays and phrases Barrios that ultimately disappoints. Williams' CD is very much a recording yet, for me , the sheer polish Williams displays isn't satisfying isn't satisfying in the end. To me David Russell's all Barrios CD is the better of the two.
Yet Berta Rojas combines the best of David Russell and John Williams, and is my overall first choice. She grew up hearing Barrios' music, and it is in her blood. She plays with an abandon and a freedom that David Russell cannot match, however good I think he is.
Serious Barrios' fans of his music should have all three guitarists: Berta Rojas, David Russell and John Williams. They also should not miss Jason Vieaux's Naxos CD of Latin American guitar music, which is a gorgeous CD.
Favorite track: Las Abejas.
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This was my first David Russell CD and what a revelation, both for Barrios music and Russell's high level of playing and interpretive skill. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Gary D. Ellison
Some reviews here mention the Berta Rojas disc on Dorian called "Intimate Barrios", and say it is out of print. It has now been remastered and rereleased. Read morePublished on June 23, 2009 by james lanni
This recording contains the only in-print versions of Danza Paraguaya Nos. 2 & 3. Berta Rojas covered the 2nd dance on the now out-of-print Intimate Barrios and Kristinn... Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by Redgecko
This is some of the most difficult guitar music ever written. David Russell makes these pieces sound like they were of average difficulty and his spontaneity is incredible. Read morePublished on January 10, 2007 by Bjorkfinity
I think I've listen 5-6 different versions for many of Barrios works. From all of them, the one that stands out is the CD from Alexander-Sergei Ramirez.Published on August 24, 2006 by Cesar Romeo Vega Garcia
Mangore sigue siendo el mago de la guitarra. lo considero a la altura de Andres Segovia o superior pues también era compositor. Read morePublished on July 16, 2006 by Plata
This is one of the first CDs that I listened to when getting into classical guitar and classical music in general and I couldn't think of a better one for a Barrios lover. Read morePublished on May 30, 2005 by L. J Ravdin