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World Music CD Reviews Greater Latin America

Carlos Barbosa-Lima

By Marty Lipp
Published January 24, 2008

O Boto

This reissue finds veteran Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima taking up a number of classical compositions from a wide variety of composers. He starts with Handel, playing a harp concerto rearranged for guitar and orchestra, and then quickly moves around the globe, for the most part playing the works of 20th-century composers. Most of these are for solo guitar and orchestra, each with the hallmarks of its composer’s homeland. A concerto by Ernesto Cordero captures the lilting beauty of the Caribbean, while a suite by Byron Yusui has the balmy feel of his native Hawaii. The title piece, by Barbosa-Lima’s friend and countryman Antonio Carlos Jobim and based on a Brazilian myth about a white dolphin, is from the lesser-known classical side of Jobim’s canon, although the melodic talent that made Jobim a musical giant is still present. Throughout this beautiful collection, Barbosa-Lima displays his critically acclaimed technique, allowing these delicate pieces to shimmer with a graceful, masterful touch.