Magazine article Gramophone

'Latin American Guitar Favourites'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Latin American Guitar Favourites'

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'Latin American Guitar Favourites'

Barrios Mangore La Catedral--Preludio. Julia Florida (Barcarola). Una limosna por el amor de Dios (La ultima cancion). Prelude in C minor. Villancico de Navidad L Brouwer Dos Aires populares cubanos--Guajira Criolla; Zapateado. Dos Temas populares cubanos--Berceuse; Ojos brujos Cardoso Milonga Villa-Lobos Cinq Preludes Warren Nicholson gtr Warren Nicholson [F] 829982144041 (49' * DDD)

The Paraguayan Barrios (he added Mangore later in life) and Brazilian Villa-Lobos were close contemporaries (born in 1885 and 1887 respectively) yet as composers were quintessentially different. Barrios was well schooled as a virtuoso and composer, for whom Chopin was a model, whereas Villa-Lobos was self-taught, and his Five Preludes (1940) became one of the most well-known pieces written for guitar. Few of Barrios's pieces have enjoyed quite the same advocacy; the five given here are late pieces, composed between 1938 and his death in 1944, including the 'Preludio' to the renowned La Catedral, the other sections of which were written in 1914. …

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