I listened to Julian Bream literally every day throughout my adolescence, especially his interpretation of Rodrigo’s Concerto of Aranjuez, written in 1939. Stuck inside the sterile emotional atmosphere of a 1960s’ English boarding school, he brought instant relief. I fed on every note. The second movement has become a very well known piece. I looked up his music again this evening, and found this.
Julian Bream and John Williams were the two best acoustic guitarists of their generation. Williams is the more technically brilliant. Bream the more emotive of the two. Here they are playing together beautifully. Very calming.
This meeting between Bream and Stravinsky is also fun to watch and listen to.
You can go on clicking the next video endlessly. They’re all highly enjoyable. From another age.