Carles Trepat Concert on an 1892 Torres Guitar

Carles Trepat is a Spanish Catalan classical guitarist. He was born in Lérida, Spain, in 1960. He usually plays with historical guitars. This concert was played on his 1892 Antonio Torres guitar (SE 153), using gut and silk strings. (In fact, Torres didn’t finish building this guitar. According to Romanillos, this guitar was completed by Miguel Moya when Torres fell ill.)

Program:

FERNANDO SOR
Andante largo, Op.5, No.5

MIGUEL GARCÍA (Padre Basilio)
Minueto (07:02)
Sonata de Elami (09:17)

J. S. BACH (Trans. Llobet)
Sarabande (14:50)
Bourrée (18:49)

JULIÁN ARCAS
Bolero (23:05)
Soleá (26:00)

ISAAC ALBÉNIZ
Capricho catalán (32:50)

ENRIQUE GRANADOS
La maja de Goya (36:43)
El mirar de la maja (42:22)

MANUEL LÓPEZ-QUIROGA
Dos zambras La Salvadora (46:10)
Y sin embargo te quiero (49:44)

JUAN MOSTAZO
Los piconeros (Bulerías del siglo XVIII) (53:34)

CONSUELO VELÁZQUEZ
Amar y vivir (58:12)

MAGÍN ALEGRE
Americana (1:03:05)

POPULAR CATALANA
El cant dels ocells (1:07:17)

Fernando Sor: Fantasie, Op. 54 – Bream & Williams

A great look at the two giants, Julian Bream and John Williams, having a very fine time playing in one of Bream’s favorite spots, Wardour Chapel in Wiltshire, England, in 1979.

If you’ve been around the classical guitar world very long, you’ve heard lots of generalizations about these two. Popular opinion has it that Bream is the creative genius, while Williams is the supreme technician. Bream the Dionysian, Williams the Apollonian.

In this video we can see why people say such things. The contrast between them is striking.

But to stop there, with the easy observation, is to miss the best part of their gift to us.

What’s wonderful is the way their differences bring out the best in both. A beautiful and unexpected chemistry occurs.

As Williams himself said of the duo, “Although the way we each play is alike as chalk and cheese, we’re not two musicians, we’re an ensemble and we create magic together.”

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