Label : Decca
Format : Flac (image + cue)
Cover : Yes
A handsome 11 CD box set honouring the unique art of Pepe Romero, who celebrates his 70th birthday in 2014. This set offers a broad spectrum of Pepe’s art from various periods in his career. It moves from the Baroque through to twentieth-century works and features solo, chamber and orchestral performances.
From his stylish interpretations of Bach and Vivaldi [CD 1], to the first recordings of Giulani’s three Guitar Concertos [CD 5], the set arrives at its Spanish heart. There are three CDs [8 –10] dedicated to the music of Romero family friend Rodrigo, including arguably the finest version still available of his most famous and popular concerto, the Concierto de Aranjuez, and his last concerto, the Concierto para un fiesta written especially for Pepe Romero in 1982/3.
Part of the ‘Royal Family of the Guitar’, Pepe Romero was a founding member of the fe?ted guitar quartet Los Romeros. The quartet can be heard performing Torroba’s Concierto Iberico [CD 6] and Rodrigo’s Concierto andaluz [CD 10].
“Capturing the work’s poise and poetry, this recording has it all. Romero’s taste and execution are flawless, while Marriner and the ASMF provide a richly detailed aural landscape through which the guitar freely flies.” – Gramophone on Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez
“A hundred years from now, some curious musicologist wishing to trace the history of those native virtuosi of the Spanish guitar might draw a line from the Baroque master Gaspar Sanz through the early and later Romantics Fernando Sor, Francisco Ta?rrega and Miguel Llobet to the twentieth century’s Andre?s Segovia, Celedonio Romero, Narciso Yepes — and Pepe Romero.”
Tracklist : Pepe Romero – Master of The Guitar