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post #16 of 19
After hearing a great many renditions of this piece, I second every version about except Paco de Lucia's (no hate.. I just happen to not like it) and would like to add Sharon Isbin to the list. Isbin is no where near my favorite guitarist (in fact, I rather dislike most of her discs) but after I saw her play it in concert with the Minnesota Orchestra (headed by Osmo Vanska), it impressed me enough to give it a shot. This rendition is with the New York Philharmonic: Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez; Villa-Lobos, Ponce / Isbin | ArkivMusic

Another surprisingly good, albeit rather unfamiliar, interpretation not listed yet is Norbert Kraft with the Northern Chamber Orchestra: Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez, Etc / Kraft, Ward | ArkivMusic

You really can't go wrong with this piece: I've heard few recordings that I altogether disliked. A few to stay away from at first (and no offense to anyone): Paco de Lucia and Julian Bream (Bream being one of my favorite guitarists..). With that said, I'd recommend John William over the rest for your first copy.

A great work of art!

EDIT: I almost forgot, Remi Boucher has a commanding recording of this piece, though it's not usually cheap (if you can even find it): http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=new He also has videos online of him playing, including his own transcription for solo guitar (here's the Adagio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJxI_WrUZtI ). But I'm becoming long-winded. Sorry.
post #17 of 19
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I ended up getting this version today.




It is a mid-price CD so a good deal I suppose.
post #18 of 19
Excellent choice Jubei.
Also, #8 RDLA is a timeless classic you should love and Romance is one of the first songs every classical guitarist learns; always a favorite.
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post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by Justin Uthadude View Post
Excellent choice Jubei.
Also, #8 RDLA is a timeless classic you should love and Romance is one of the first songs every classical guitarist learns; always a favorite.
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Yeah - immediately recognized Romance when I played it.

... and thanks for all the recommendations. Have to say the selection available in stores wasn't that great. The only one I saw that was consistently available across different shops was the Philips Pepe Romero + Neville Marriner disc.
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