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Los Romeros Golden Jubilee Celebration ()

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Well in advance of the various guitar quartets that inhabit concert series in North America and increasingly around the world, there were Los Romeros, formed in Spain but forced, due to the restrictive cultural policies of the Franco dictatorship, to move to southern California. Their example for other ensembles was fundamental, and the pattern of their repertoire, mixing Spanish material, arrangements of Baroque music, and newly commissioned pieces by composers as prominent as Rodrigo, has been widely reproduced. The norm for so many double-disc compilations is to get a bit more mileage out of an artist or group's last few releases. Nothing of the sort occurs here; the recordings date from between 1963 and 1985, all well before the death of Romeros founder Celedonio Romero, whose efforts as a composer (modeled on those of Rodrigo) are well represented. The Concierto madrigal and Concierto andaluz of Rodrigo, both written for Los Romeros, are included here. It's thus a pleasure to see that this "Golden... Hide synopsis

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