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Julian Bream

With this uniquely diverse range of activities, and a multitude of broadcasts and television appearances, Julian Bream was acknowledged from the mid-1950’s onwards as one of the great and prolific recording artists of the 20th century. From 1958 he recorded for RCA, winning many international awards, including six form the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the USA, four Grammy awards (1964, 1967, 1972, 1973), two Edison awards (1968) and various prizes from Gramophone magazine. In 1979 RCA presented him with a platinum disc to mark record sales of half a million in the UK alone. Bream’s association with his fellow guitarist John Williams, which resulted in three recordings and a number of concerts, were an enormous success. They received gold and silver discs for their duo recordings. In 1993, to celebrate his 60th birthday, RCA issued “The Ultimate Guitar Collection”, a unique box set of 28 CD’s, revealing the vast gamut of his recording work. From the beginning of the 1990’s Julian Bream continued his recording career with EMI Classics, featuring music by J.S. Bach, a Concerto album (with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle), and discs devoted to contemporary works and guitar sonatas.

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