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The Ultimate Guitar Collection

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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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Product Details

  • 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 Classical
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • ASIN: B0007TFH52
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Frederick Baptist on April 21, 2006
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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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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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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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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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This album is a hodge-podge of Williams' work over several decades. It is worth having for that reason. His guitar artistry is superb. Sound quality varies as the recordings were made in various studios with varying technologies. Musically, the selections are diverse but do not hang together all that well for my tastes.
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This is a brilliant collection that spans his career, although it's clearly limited as his discography stretches back to 1958. If you're a fan you'll want to to go deeper, but this two disc collection is a great retrospective in terms of listening enjoyment (there are a few transitions that I find slightly unusual but they're not abrupt). I enjoy playing it in the kitchen on weekend mornings, and sometimes while I'm preparing dinner. If you're considering it you probably know what you're in for so I won't go further than just giving it a nod.
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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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This Ultimate Guitar Collection (2004) is a 2 CD set, drawn from previous releases, forming like a Greatest Hits collection. Disc 1 has 19 tracks, while disc 2 has 22 tracks. All the tracks were personally chosen by John Williams. In the liner notes, it was stated: "John Williams plays often for films, such as The Deerhunter (Cavatina) and A Fish Called Wanda, and also plays tennis (badly), chess (quite good), table tennis (better) and likes talking (about anything)...

The song listing is as follows:

Disc 1

01 Isaac Albéniz Suite Española, Op. 47 - Asturias (From The Seville Concert) 1992
02 Stanley Myers Cavatina from Deerhunter (From John Williams Plays The Movies) 1996
03 Bach Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major: Prelude (From The Seville Concert) 1992
04 Vasco Martins Triangular Situations (From The Magic Box) 2000
05 Tárrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra (From Portrait Of John Williams) 1982
06 Anonymous Romance (From Classic Williams - Romance of the Guitar) 1999
07 Manuel De Falla Dance from La Vida Breve (From The Mantis And The Moon) 1995
08 Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in E Major, K 380 (From The Baroque Album) 1987
09 Antonio Carillo Como Llora Una Estrella (From El Diablo Suelto) 2003
10 Ennio Morricone The Mission (From John Williams Plays The Movies) 1996
11 Julio Sagreras El Colibri (From The Spirit of the Guitar) 1988
12 Erik Satie Gymnopédie No.
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