- Audio CD (Sept. 3 2013)
- Number of Discs: 42
- Format: Box set
- Label: Sony Music Canada - Distribution
- ASIN: B00BCCEBRI
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Julian Bream - The Complete Album Collection (40CD + 2DVD) Box set
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Audio CD, Box set, Sep 3 2013
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Celebrating British guitarist Julian Bream, Sony Classical issues a unique production of Bream's forty long-playing recordings, each selection of works grouped as in the original LP version. In this presentation the evolution of Bream's repertoire as demonstrated in the recording studio between 1960 and 1991 are clearly apparent. This collection is a truly historical compendium stretching from Renaissance masterpieces to the finest contemporary works written in the 20th century. The edition comes with 3 previously unreleased DVDs with two recitals, a documentary about Julian Bream, performances of the Julian Bream consort and interview footage.
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It was too expensive for me at the time and then went out of print. Individual discs became available erratically and weren't the original albums that were issued on LPs. Extra pieces were often added to fill up the discs (I guess RCA thought that they were being generous) and at times were from a different recording session or genre from the album that they were added to. There was the discordance of a change in recording ambience and/or music style.
Then came the excellent 10 disc set "My Favourite Albums". All the discs were in their original LP format. I thought that was the best I could hope for in my lifetime.
And now this, everything Bream recorded for RCA in the original album formats. I've been waiting for these since I began buying CDs in 1983. With this set I have now bought some of these recordings for the fourth time, but at last I'm done. There is nowhere else to go!
No need to comment on the music. It's Julian Bream. If you've read this far, then you enjoy guitar and lute and you'll like these performances.
PS - If you'd like a complete list of what's in the box, it is posted on Amazon.com under the listing for this set. For once a set of discs costs more on Amazon.com than here and they have to wait longer. This set won't be released in the states for another month.
But with this new boxed set, released to coincide with Bream’s 80th birthday, Sony finally gets it right. All the RCA recordings are here, issued as they were in their original releases. Well, not quite—Sony omits some spoken comments originally on the Bream and John Williams 1979 live album. But all the music is here. Included with the 40 CDs is a hardbound book with a brief bio and detailed program listings of all the recordings. Longtime observers of Bream’s career will find little new information here, but it’s nice to have. Also included are two DVD disks that contain concert footage of Bream in his prime, a BBC documentary about Bream, and a 1972 television interview. Watching these vintage broadcasts gives a sense of the man behind the music. It’s easy to see why he was such a compelling player. One senses that the man was incapable of being bored, such is the passion he brought to everything he did.
Bream’s career suggests that excellence is its own justification. Much of what he did had little to do with guessing what his audiences wanted and then giving it to them. Rather, he followed his own interests and did it so well that we were lured into his eclectic world. For example, mainstream audiences of the time weren’t clamoring to hear Bream play the renaissance lute. Bream did it for the simple reason that he loved the music. While it’s wrong to say he single-handedly launched an early music movement, he did bring a virtuoso’s flair to music that often suffered from amateurish performances. Bream showed that, in the right hands, lute music is more than an antiquated curiosity.
Younger guitar enthusiasts weened on the homogenized sound of today’s players may at first be put off by Bream’s electric musicianship. He had his quirks. His articulation could be incisive or brittle, depending on your taste. His tone, particularly after the mid 1970s, could be thin and overly bright. To those unfamiliar with Bream and coming to this set with fresh ears, I suggest a chronological approach. Start with the earliest recordings in this set. If you’ve the perception to hear a keen mind and heart at work, you’ll be richly rewarded.
Time has taken a toll on some of the original recordings. For example, in the 1965 recording of Bream and Peter Pears, one can hear occasional bits of distortion in the recorded sound. But these bits are mercifully short and don’t detract from the overall performances.
Because of a recent injury—he was knocked to the ground by an over-enthusiastic dog—Bream has given up playing the guitar. Of this, he’s philosophical. Interviewed near his 80th birthday, he had this to say: “I’ve had a great life. I’m letting go, yes, but in a controlled way. Now it’s time to let go, to enjoy what’s left.”
A great life, indeed, Mr. Bream. Yours is a vivid legacy for which I and many others sincerely thank you.
Its really great to see each cd as originally issued I can only wish someone can do the same for Segovia.
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