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ALLA BREVE: VERDI, PARKENING, BABBITT

June 08, 1986|MARC SHULGOLD

"IN THE SPANISH STYLE." Christopher Parkening, guitar. EMI Angel compact disc CDC 7-47194-2. Don't let the title fool you: This is not a reissue of Parkening's debut LP of the same title (can it really be 18 years ago?). Angel has simply combined most of that recording with a handful of pieces from the follow-up set, "Romanza." The stylish, understated performances retain their warmth--minus, bless technology, the hiss. Here one finds not a trace of the metallic brightness favored all too often in guitar recordings in these digital days. Dim the lights and pour the wine.

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