Julian Bream (Julian Alexander Bream) , 1933-, English guitarist and lutenist. Bream was first taught guitar by his father and studied piano and cello at the Royal College of Music. He made his debut at the age of 12. During the 1950s and 60s he led the the Julian Bream Consort, a pioneering period-instrument ensemble. An outstanding performer, Bream had a repertory ranging from Dowland to Henze, and many compositions were written expressly for him, e.g., Benjamin Britten\'s Nocturnal (1963). He retired in 2002.
\"Bream was born in London and brought up in a very musical environment. His father played jazz guitar and the young Bream was impressed by hearing the playing of Django Reinhardt. He was encouraged to play the piano but also the guitar (though using a plectrum). On his 11th birthday, Bream was given a classical guitar by his father. He became something of a child prodigy, at 12 winning a junior exhibition award for his piano playing, enabling him to study piano and cello at the Royal College of Music. He made his debut guitar recital at Cheltenham in 1947, aged 13.
After national service he resumed a busy career playing around the world, including annual tours in the U.S. and Europe for several years. He played part of a recital at the Wigmore Hall on the lute in 1952 and since has done much to bring music written for the instrument to light. 1960 saw the formation of the Julian Bream Consort, a period-instrument ensemble with Bream as lutenist. The consort led a great revival of interest in the music of the Elizabethan era. His first European tours took place in 1954 and 1955, and were followed by extensive touring in North America (beginning in 1958), the Far East, India, Australia, the Pacific Islands and other parts of the world.
Bream has recorded extensively for RCA and EMI Classics. These recordings have won him several awards, including four Grammy Awards, two for Best Chamber Music Performance and two for Best Classical Performance. RCA also released The Ultimate Guitar Collection, a multi-CD set commemorating his birthday in 1993.\"
With his sheer variety of tone, Bream illustrates Beethoven\'s contention that the guitar is the instrument most like a full orchestra. In this recital of Albeniz and Granados piano works transcribed for guitar, we hear everything from a sharp cutting twang to a softer, mellifluous strum. The sounds are sometimes unexpected but always colorful and individual. Bream conveys great affection for this music in these warmly spontaneous performances. The overall result is like being at a recital in an intimate setting. This is highly recommended, especially with its added selections by Rodrigo. This \"Navigator\" reissue is not available everywhere so I urge you to take advantage of this offering! ~ A Customer
Julian Bream - Spanish Guitar Recital
01 Julian Bream - Albeniz- Mallorca, Opus 202
02 Julian Bream - Albeniz-Suite Espanola, Opus 47 ~
03 Julian Bream - Albeniz-Suite Espanola, Opus 47~
04 Julian Bream - Albeniz-Suite Espanola, Opus 47 ~
05 Julian Bream - Albeniz-Suite Espanola, Opus 47 ~
06 Julian Bream - Albeniz-Cordoba (Cantos de Espan~
07 Julian Bream - Granados- Dedicatoria (from Cuen~
08 Julian Bream - Granados- La Maja de Goya (Tonad~
09 Julian Bream - Granados- Danza Espanola No 4 (V~
10 Julian Bream - Granados- Valses Poeticos
11 Julian Bream - Granados- Danza Espanola No 5
12 Julian Bream - Rodrigo- Tres Piezas Espanolas 1~
13 Julian Bream - Rodrigo- Tres Piezas Espanolas 2~
14 Julian Bream - Rodrigo- Tres Piezas Espanolas 3~