Picks and Pans Review: John Williams Plays Music of Barrios John Williams

updated 07/23/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/23/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Williams, a 38-year-old Australian, is a versatile, adventurous and impeccably sensitive classical guitarist (and no relation to the John Williams who wrote the Star Wars-Close Encounters-Superman film scores). He is also fond of such experiments as this album's unearthing the work of Agustin Barrios, who was born in Paraguay in 1885, often performed in Indian regalia and is believed to be the first guitarist to cut a record (in 1909). Some of Barrios' quietly haunting compositions are performed here by Williams with the expressive touch that once prompted Andrés Segovia to call him "a prince of the guitar."

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