Charlie Byrd

An Anthology of Music for the Guitar--The Sixteenth Century

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Recorded around the late '50s, this is entirely devoted to interpretations of court dances and folk songs from Spanish composers of the 16th century, transcribed from tablaturas by Emilio Pujol. It isn't necessarily what fans of Charlie Byrd would expect from one of his recordings, as he is here essentially working as an interpreter in the traditional classical style. The virtuosity and sensitivity that he brings to the recording, however, is certainly impressive. All but one of the selections ("Tres Fantasies (Three Fantasies)") was reissued on CD in 1997 as part of Milestone's Classical Byrd compilation, which also includes the entirety of another Byrd album from the period, Lodovico Roncalli Suites.