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Guitarra! A Musical Journey Through Spain
Guitarra A Musical Journey Through Spain
Actor: Julian Bream
Director: Barrie Gavin
Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2000     4hr 0min

This musical journey through Spain with Julian Bream traces the evolution of the Spanish guitar from 1500 to the present. Bream tours and performs in some of Spain's most magnificent locations including Seville, Toledo, Ma...  more »


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Actor: Julian Bream
Director: Barrie Gavin
Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, Classical, Documentary, History
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/28/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 4hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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A Collector's Treasure
BLee | HK | 08/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're a classical guitar music lover, you'll love it. If you're a music lover, or even a lover of art, you don't want to miss it.

Here we have an interesting history ( and the sad fate ) of the guitar, not only as told by Julian but also as observed by other renowned literary figures. It further takes us to a guitar manufacturer, showing us how some of the local Spanish guitarists would now play the instrument ( not just for flemingo music). It is doing so by giving us, in a subtle way, the full context of the relevant Spainish history and the development of art in the country...

Unlike J Williams' "The Seville Concert" where we have depictions after depictions of the monotonously static soloist, here we only have 1/3 of the time portraying the guitarist with the remaining 2/3 giving us the highlights of where the music was composed or first performed in Spain, and how their living was like, say, as depiected by Goya, the oil painter. Occasionally we even have interesting comparisons between the local modern living people with those appearing in the paintings!

Yes, I have seen "The Seville Concert" by Johan Williams filmed at Alcazar Palace; I have also seen "The Romantic Guitar" by E Fernandez accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra. Each one of them runs about an hour. But either as a music lover or as a classical guitar music lover (as a fan of Segovia), I couldn't finish either one of them in one go despite the fact that their production was done with the most modern equipment of the 90's. Yet, despite the fact that this DVD is 10 or 15 years older than the other two, one can easily finish this 3 hrs film in a breath offering him with the most intriguing music. Why? Far better production: better music, plus better photography, and with no less fabulous accoustics. A treasure indeed. And I recommend viewers to watch this DVD alongside with " Shadow & Light" featuring J Rodrigo the composer who wrote Concerto De Aranjuez (where Pepe Romero appeared).
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Definitely the best classical guitar video produced so far. Julian Bream is the best guitarist. No one produces tones and sound-colors like he does. The film makers of this video did an awesome job as well (the only annoying thing they did during this video was venture through the streets of Spain while the master played Sor's Grand Solo. What the [explitive deleted]were they thinking?) Bream blows the viewers mind as he performs Aguados Rondo in A minor (one of the hardest guitar pieces to perform.) He plays only Spanish compositions in this tape with lots of Albaniz and Granados. The combination of Breams superior technical ability and the film maker's tasteful footage continue to give me chill bumps everytime I watch it. Bream stopped touring. But for anyone wanting to get glimpse of the best performer of our time, this tape is it!!!"
pisces1950 | Juncos, PR United States | 10/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Julian Bream is probably one of the best guitarists to come out of the 20th century. He proves it in this DVD which should be in every aspiring concert guitarist's music collection as a model on technique, color and style. Maestro Bream is a true genius on interpretation and sensitivity to the instrument. He also treats us to playing the vihuela, and gives us a brief history of the instrument with breathtaking scenes from the Spanish countryside in the background. If you've never had the privilege of hearing Bream perform in public, then please purchase this DVD as it is a pure treasure, and one that you will view over and over again."
A must for all classical guitar players
Arthur Fossum | Brooklyn, NY United States | 05/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you play classical guitar and enjoy Julian Bream's style, you must buy this DVD. It contains 210 minutes of Bream playing music from Milan to Rodrigo. Note, however that this video was created with the guitarist in mind, so non-guitarists might find it drawn out and dry... For guitarists, five stars is not enough.."