Video Pick of the Week: Julian Bream and John Williams Play Sor’s ‘Fantasie, Op. 54’

It’s been too long time since we last featured John Williams and Julian Bream together in a video. Of course they need no introduction to most of you—each belongs in the upper echelons of the classical-guitar pantheon, as among the most important and influential players ever. They made just three albums together, all in the 1970s—Julian & John and Julian & John 2 (neatly collected on a double-CD that belongs in every collection, called Together: The Ultimate Collection), plus the double-album Julian Bream and John Williams Live—but they made quite a mark during their relatively brief time together. Here, they perform Fernando Sor’s Fantasie for Two Guitars, Op. 54. Williams, 79, continues to perform sporadically, often playing new music in a number of different configurations; Bream, 86, no longer performs but continues to champion new music and young guitarists through the Julian Bream Trust. —Blair Jackson

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