OK – so here we have a serious guitar god matchup (with all due respect to Mr. Clapton): John Williams & Julian Bream vs. Paco de Lucía and Ramon De Algeciras (Paco’s recently departed older brother and one of the people who taught Paco how to play in the first place) – classical vs. flamenco to decide this thing once and for all. Both teams are playing Manuel de Falla’s ‘La Vida Breve.’

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16 Responses to “Classical vs. Flamenco”

  1. ronjazz says:

    Beautiful! How sad that Ramon has died.

  2. Thomas McComb says:

    Ok! The classical cats sound wonderful, and are enjoying the ride, but the flamencos definitely have the “duende” going on- I’m a jazz guitarist, and I hear more jazz in the flamenco, like ornaments and improv. in the accompaniment.

  3. Palmer Hoovestal says:

    It’s like trying to decide which is better — filet mignon or lobster. Great post, Kai!!

  4. Elisabeth Beniers Jacobs says:

    Thank you, thank you. A great experience.

  5. LOL! The ongoing question… Great post. I’m more about tone and exactness, so naturally I chose the classical. I am a fan of Paco BIG TIME for Flamenco falsetas & scales, but cringe when I hear Paco play “concierto de aranjuez”… yuk!

    jaja – now everyone’s gonna hate me for that!

  6. Errol Putigna says:

    I think both versions are fantastic but I think Paco and Ramón have one up on this piece. I think they have the true knowledge and feeling of the south of Spain…. Something definitely necessary in interpreting De Falla. My hat is off to both pairs of artists!

  7. Tony Grieco says:

    Thanks for posting these. The comparison reminds us what great artists can do despite the difference in approach. My personal preference is Paco y Ramon (by a lot). Their recording of de Falla is just as amazing. Ramon’s passing is such a loss!
    Re: Paco in Concierto de Aranjuez…nobody, but nobody is even close…listen again.

  8. Tom Terry says:

    Wow! Great pairing. I personally found the Paco & Ramon pairing more moving… they worked seamlessly as a duet and I experienced the piece more as a tone painting of Spain and less as a performance of a duet. As a amateur guitarist with classical training but now playing mainly flamenco, I think I’m more drawn to duende than technique per se… but both performances were terrific and inspiring. Thanks for a great post!

  9. Gord Blackburde says:

    Let the good times roll, fabulous, both versions. Thanks, for video post!

  10. james perrotti says:

    I have to pick John and Julian (seems like I am the only one here doing that) for the simple fact that I believe Julian Bream to be possibly the greatest interpreter of music in history. I know that is alot to say but just listen to his recordings!

    • Bach says:

      Absolutely agree on the Bream’s interpretations. I can’t see how anyone can improve on his ideas and execution and tone colours.

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  12. Both interpretaiotions are great Paco’s picado is distinctly more in line with the music…the passage at 1:45 was reproduced by Sabicas in a bulerias falsetta [with a slight alteration]

  13. Clasic od good but flamenco is three times beter and it is more interesting!!!

  14. Clasic is good but flamenco is more interesting than clasic!!!

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