Pepe Romero plays Guitar Works
Pepe Romero, having pretty thoroughly combed the King of Spain's musical beard, turns his attention to South America, as his Iberian forebears did some five centuries ago. The music of Villa-Lobos is of course a prime target, firmly in the sights of most present-day guitarists and there are already three other excellent CD versions of the Five Preludes (28 on LP!), though none of the
There are those who treat the Suite as a work of four movements (joined together by a shotgun marriage) and those who include, as Romero does, the inconsequential
The other two items exploit Romero's mastery of tremolo: the Bustamante is a happy little piece played with greater polish but less drive than by Jorge Morel, its arranger (GMR 1002—not submitted for review). Romero plays with superb musical and technical control and his tone is exceptionally clear, refined and warmly vibratoed; only in the final two pieces do the basses sound abrasive, as they are wont to do with many South American players—'authenticity' maybe! The recording per se is splendid.'