My Life in Music


Artist: Julian Bream Running Time: 3:15:00
Category: Performance/Biography Label: Music Of Earth
Format: DVD


ITEM: 03336
Price: $29.95


In his 70th year Julian Bream tells his remarkable story with contributions from John Williams, Peter Pears, Igor Stravinsky, William Walton, George Malcolm, Richard Rodney Bennett and The Julian Bream Consort. Illustrated with over an hour of complete musical performances.

Bream is considered by many as the greatest classical guitarist of the twentieth century. As if this were not enough he quietly re-invented the Renaissance lute and brought it to a new audience.

Written for Bream, Benjamin Britten's "Nocturnal" Op. 70, is widely regarded as the centerpiece 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" which inspired it, all in the wonderful acoustic of the Snape Maltings.

We also hear Julian Bream perform Richard Rodney Bennett's Sonata for Solo Guitar, in an exclusive BBC Radio 3 digital recording, never before commercially available.

This exceptional DVD has been awarded The Classic FM Gramophone Award as DVD of the Year � one of the world�s most influential classical music prizes. The awards were announced in October, 2007 at a star-studded ceremony in London�s Dorchester Hotel. The DVD has also received great public and critical acclaim from BBC Music Magazine (5-star review), Gramophone (DVD of the Month) and the New York Times: "beautifully filmed � the warmth of his sound and his persuasive personality are captured vividly".

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