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Julian Bream Masterclasses

Julian Bream covers Villa Lobos Prelude No. 1 in this one. Really great stuff, It’s amazing how a few simple things really take a piece to a new level.

In this video Bream covers Britten’s Nocturnal. Unfortunately the first performance has been cut out, so there’s not much to relate Bream’s discussion to.

On Albeniz’s Sevilla breams advice is, “not too fast.” Bream talks about a rhythmic truth: the more even and precise your rhythm is, the faster (and, of course, cleaner) you sound. It’s not all about how fast.

Bream discusses a Bach Fugue. Really good large scale interpretation advice right at the beginning of this video.

In other news: Bream’s tone is amazing. Even on these old videos it sounds amazing, just imagine what he would have sounded like in concert.

4 Responses
  1. 2010 December 18

    So how often do you think Bream used rest stroke?

    • 2010 December 19

      Who knows. But the real question: does it matter? Especially if a classical guitarist mimic that tone with or with out a rest stroke?

  2. 2010 December 21
    Bob Smith permalink

    I would want to quietly slip away if someone of his prominence said, “Hmmm, well, yes that was an effective performance.” Something about damning with faint praise.

  3. 2010 December 26

    As a player and maker of classical guitars, Julian Bream is without a doubt one of my biggest influences. Even in this old videos, his tonal range is amazing! I can’t imagine how it must sound in person. I recenlt heard John Williams in Portland, and while he is an icon, his style doesn’t seduce me like Bream’s.

    Paul Weaver