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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Laurindo Almeida, The Spanish Guitars of Laurindo Almeida

Capitol Records SP 8521 (USA), released 1961.

Laurindo Almeida offers us a brilliant programme of music adapted from the concert keyboard repertoire for the guitar, and does this in what is probably one of the most successful of the albums utilizing over-dubbing techniques. Almeida performs all the parts in transcriptions for two and three guitars. In the jazz realm, perhaps Bill Evans' "Conversations With Myself" (1963) and "Further Conversations With Myself" (1967), come closest to replicating the success of this early experiment.
Selections include:
Falla: Farruca (The Miller's Dance from The Three-Cornered Hat)
Debussy: Clair de Lune and La Plus Que Lente Almeida: Brazilliance No. 1
Bach: Our Father, Who Art In Heaven (Chorale-prelude from Clavierubung, Part III) and Duetto III (From Clavierubung, Part III)
Ravel: Menuet (From Le Tombeau de Couperin) Chopin: Valse (Op. 69, No. 1) and Mazurka (Op. 7, No. 1)
Granados: Zambra (Spanish Dance No. 11) Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C Sharp Minor (Op. 3, No. 2).

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