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Los Romeros

Los Romeros (10CD Box Set)

From the Von Trapp Family to the Kanneh-Masons, classical music’s history has provided several examples of families, all of whom are outstanding musicians. Among them was Los Romeros – an ensemble of a father and three sons, all guitarists – with a mother who was a virtuosa on the castanets and could join them when needed.

Los Romeros was the first guitar quartet to achieve eminence across continents and on stages of the world. Their first recordings were made in January 1960 and released on Contemporary Records. These came about as a result of André Previn seeing the fifteen-year-old Pepe Romero in performance, on a bill with stand-up comedian Lord Buckley, in Los Angeles in 1959. The two recordings, "Flamenco Fenómeno" and "Spanish Guitar Music" are included in this set (CDs 9 and 10) as bonuses to the Mercury recordings.

The first 8 CDs comprise the ‘Royal Family of the Guitar’ in their complete Mercury Recordings, made between 1962 and 1967. Much of the material on this set – superbly remastered by Thomas Fine – makes its first appearance on CD and digital media. The extensive booklet consists of original liner notes by such authorities as Igor Kipnis, texts for the vocal items, and includes the miniature illustrations that adorned the backs of the original LP sleeves. In addition, there is a note by Los Romeros authority, Walter Aaron Clark (author of Los Romeros: Royal Family of the Spanish Guitar) as well as a ‘Sessionography’ detailing the background to each of the Mercury recordings, by Thomas Fine.

CD 1: The Royal Family of the Spanish Guitar (LOS ROMEROS) CD 2: Guitar Music from the Courts of Spain (CELEDONIO ROMERO) CD 3: Flamenco (PEPE ROMERO) CD 4: Baroque Concertos and Solo Works (LOS ROMEROS) CD 5: An Evening of Flamenco Music (LOS ROMEROS) CD 6: World of Flamenco (LOS ROMEROS, WITH JALEO) CD 7: Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos (LOS ROMEROS, SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY / VICTOR ALESSANDRO) CD 8: Rodrigo: Concierto andaluz, Concierto de Aranjuez (LOS ROMEROS, SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY / VICTOR ALESSANDRO) CD 9: Flamenco Fenómeno! (PEPE ROMERO) CD 10: Spanish Guitar Music (CELEDONIO ROMERO · CELIN ROMERO)