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In his 70th year Julian Bream tells his remarkable story on DVD with contributions from John Williams, Peter Pears, Igor Stravinsky, William Walton, George Malcolm, Richard Rodney Bennett and the Julian Bream Consort. Bream’s story is vividly illustrated with over an hour of complete musical performance.
"DVD of the Year"- Gramophone"... perfectly encapsulates a noble musician who takes what he does incredibly seriously ... highly compelling viewing." - International Record ReviewAward for CREATIVE EXCELLENCE - US International Film & Video festival
"... enjoy this beautifully produced biopic of a superbly sensitive artist for the pleasure and insights it provides ..." - Classical Guitar Magazine
"Masterly" - Sir David Attenborough
Amazon 2 x 5-star reviews: ✰✰✰✰✰
The essential manual for beginners. Simple to follow instructions on how to buy, set up, maintain and ‘hot-rod’ your first electric guitar. That first guitar is the most important you will ever own. It shapes how you play and may also define whether you ever learn at all.
1. This DVD is just perfect, from the superb performances to the warmth and insight of the man himself. The settings - 'The Maltings' for the pieces recorded for the DVD and his house in Hardy country for the reminiscences are quite beautiful … a great production. Totally recommended.2. What a fantastic story! I found it moving and inspiring. I'd assumed that Julian Bream came from a wealthy family with a background in classical music. And of course was completely wrong. I've told lots of anecdotes from the film to friends, lent it to some and bought it as a birthday present recently. If you like a good story and you enjoy guitar music, you're in for a treat.Julian Bream is considered by many as the greatest classical guitarist of the 20th Century and, as if this were not enough, he also quietly reinvented the renaissance lute and bought it to a new and stimulated audience.Written for Bream, Benjamin Britten’s ‘Nocturnal’ Op. 70, is widely regarded as an important centrepiece of the modern guitar repertoire and this masterpiece forms an appropriate frame for Julian’s story. Director Paul Balmer returned Bream to Aldeburgh, revisiting the original manuscript at Britten’s home. This culminated in the guitarist coming out of retirement to perform complete movements of the Britten and the de Falla ‘Homenaje’ in the wonderful acoustic of the Snape Maltings.
* 9 Bonus Chapters* 4 Music Archive Clips * ‘The Makers of’* Guitar Timeline* Rare Stills Photo Montage* Research Notes* Bibliography / Discography* Research Notes* Alternative Camera Angles* Director’s Commentary* Rare Stills Photo Montage
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