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An educational programme featuring early music.

Today: in memoriam lute player and guitarist Julian Bream (1933-2020).

This episode of Documento is dedicated to lute player Julian Bream, who has recently died at the age of 83.
Bream was an autodidact and taught himself to play the guitar and the lute. He gave both instruments a place in classical music. Besides, he dusted off the wonderful lute music of John Dowland.

John Dowland (1563-1626)
1. Time’s Eldest Son, Old Age
2. In darkness let me dwell

Sir Peter Pears, tenor. Julian Bream, lute
(CD Elizabethan Lute songs – Sir Peter Pears. BMG 09026 61602-2, 1993)

The Julian Bream Consort

Richard Nicholson (1563-1639)
3. The Jew’s Dance
William Byrd (ca 1543- 1623)
4. Fantasy
Nicholas Strogers (fl 1560-1575)
5. In nomine Pavin

The Julian Bream Consort
(CD The Julian Bream Consort – Fantasies, Ayres and Dances. RCA Victor RD87801, 1988)

Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
6. L’encouragement, opus 34
– Cantabile
– Theme and Variations
– Waltz

Julian Bream and John Williams, guitar
(CD Bream, Williams – duos de guitares. RCA Red Seal 74321 846 092, 1993)

Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)
7. Fantasia para un Gentilhombre:
– Villano
– Ricercare
– Españoletta
– Fanfare de la Caballería de Nápoles
– Danza de las Hachas
– Canario

Julian Bream, guitar. RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra conducted by Leo Brouwer
(CD Julian Bream – Rodrigo and Brouwer. RCA Red Seal RD87718, 1988)

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