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Manuel Barrueco

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Manuel Barrueco discography / recordings

Virtuoso Guitar Duos


Virtuoso guitar duos with Manuel Barrueco and Franco Platino.

Music by Ibert, Falla, Albeniz, Granados, Rodrigo, Piazzolla and Assad.

"Virtuosity in abundance on both guitars."

ABC, Spain

"Guitar at its Best."

Reinbeker Zeitung, Germany

"Like four hands on one imaginary gigantic guitar, they played as though they were one man."

Trierisher Volksfreund, Luxemourg

Sounds of the Americas

Latin GRAMMY Award for "Inca Dances" by Gabriela Lena Frank as "Best Classical Contemporary Composition" 


Music of Michael Daugherty, Gabriela Lena Frank, Aaron Jay Kernis and Roberto Sierra for guitar and string quartet, with Cuarteto Latinoamericano.

This is the third recording in the Manuel Barrueco Collection.

Bay of Pigs (world premiere recording) by Michael Daugherty Inca Dances (world premiere recording) by Gabriela Lena Frank Tríptico by Roberto Sierra 100 Greatest Dance Hits by Aaron Jay Kernis

"The pairing of Manuel Barrueco and Cuarteto Latinoamericano, once again, yields sublime results."

Baltimore Magazine

Tango Sensations

Music of Piazzolla & Guastavino for guitar and string quartet, with Cuarteto Latinoamericano.

Second recording in the Manuel Barrueco Collection

Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Milonga del Ángel by Astor Piazzolla
La Muerte del Ángel by Astor Piazzolla
Five Tango Sensations by Astor Piazzolla (Asleep, Loving, Anxiety, Despertar, Fear)
Las Presencias no. 6 ("Jeromita Linares") by Carlos Guastavino

"... stunningly beautiful, a recording that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Piazzolla's 1986 tour de force, Tango: Zero Hour."

Baltimore Magazine

"...the most evocative and satisfying interpretation of the tango master's material I've ever heard."

Baltimore Magazine

Solo Piazzolla


First recording in the Manuel Barrueco Collection

Invierno Porteño
Verano Porteño
Five Pieces


"Everything about this new disc is superb, from the immaculate playing of the performer to the recording quality. A superb disc."

Classical Guitar Magazine

Concierto Barroco

Concertos by Roberto Sierra, Arvo Pärt and Antonio Vivaldi

"This release is brilliant in both conception and execution."

American Record Guide

"Baroque gestures - everything from chugging Vivaldian rhythms and Handelian counterpoint to the kind of orchestrations and balances appropriate to the period - collide with the dissonances, freewheeling meters and angular themes of contemporary, post-tonal style."

New York Times

Nylon & Steel

Guitar Duets with Al Di Meola, Steve Morse and Andy Summers.

"Barrueco's fluid technique leaves your jaw on the floor... All told, it's six-string heaven."

Guitar Magazine


Anthology of 20th century Cuban music, including music by Lecuona, Brouwer, Fariñas, Ubieta, Angulo and Ardévol.

"Five Stars ***** It's an extraordinary musical achievement."

San Francisco Chronicle

Cantos y Danzas

Songs and Dances from Latin America by Barrios, Ponce, Villa-Lobos, Gnattali, Grenet, Lauro and Piazzolla.

Also includes Piazzolla's L'Histoire du Tango with flutist Emmanuel Pahud, and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with soprano Barbara Hendricks.

"...a superb recording, one to be acquired and treasured."


Rodrigo: Manuel Barrueco & Plácido Domingo

With Plácido Domingo and the Philharmonia Orchestra

Concierto de Aranjuez, Fantasía para un Gentilhombre,
4 Songs for voice and guitar and guitar solos.

"Manuel Barrueco's new version [of the Concierto de Aranjuez] is the best."

Classic CD

"The four songs [Plácido Domingo] sings with Barrueco's accompaniment are really gorgeous."

Fanfare Magazine

"This is a virtually ideal Rodrigo disc."

Classic CD Magazine

Bach: Sonatas

3 Violin Sonatas by J. S. Bach, arranged by Manuel Barrueco

"We have come to expect superb performances from Barrueco and in these works we get them. These are performances of dignity and distinction."


Manuel Barrueco plays Lennon & McCartney

Includes Yesterday, Hey Jude, Penny Lane, Eleanor Rigby etc. Arrangements by Takemitsu, Lubbock, Bayless, Brouwer With the London Symphony Orchestra, Jeremy Lubbock cond. David Tanenbaum, guitar

Sometime Ago

Compositions by Corea, Jarrett, Simon & Harrison

"...the best-sounding guitar records of any major artist."

American Record Guide


 Compilation of works from other EMI recordings.

Manuel Barrueco plays Granados & de Falla

Complete 12 Spanish Dances by Granados and 7 Polular Spanish Songs by Falla, with Ann Monoyios, soprano & Thomas Müller-Pering, guitar.

"... without equal in the Spanish virtuoso repertoire - and now you can hear why. These haunting miniatures have never sounded so alluring on disc."

BBC Music Magazine

"... invaluable, a national treasure... Another year for Barrueco and another year's best."

American Record Guide

Manuel Barrueco plays Albéniz & Turina

Complete Suite Española by Albéniz and complete solo music for guitar by Turina.

"Manuel Barrueco is one of the best classical guitarist on the planet... Barrueco's readings set new standards for musicianship."


"Another artistic triumph from the great Cuban guitarist."

American Record Guide

Annie Laurie

The King's Singers and Manuel Barrueco, guitar

Folk Songs of the British Isles

Manuel Barrueco plays Bach & de Visée

Complete Partita no 2, BWV 1004 in D minor by Bach, including the famous Chaconne and the Prelude, Fugue and Allegro by Bach.
Also includes the Suite in B minor and the Ouverture de la Grotte de Versailles (de Lully) by de Visée.

"This disc, with Barrueco's Albéniz and Villa-Lobos discs, together demonstrate mastery of many different aspects of the guitar; a triptych of excellence that is surely without presedent."

Classical Guitar Magazine

Manuel Barrueco plays Mozart & Sor

Mozart: Duets for flute and guitar

Piano Sonatas and Divertimiento arranged for flute and guitar.
Manuel Barrueco, guitar & Ransom Wilson, flute

Johann Strauss II: An der schönen blauen donau

The King's Singers and Friends
Manuel Barrueco, guitar; Sabine Mayer, clarinet; George Hörtnagel, double bass.

Valses by Johann Strauss II, including "On the Beautiful, Blue Danube."

Manuel Barrueco plays Brouwer, Villa-Lobos, Orbón

Five Preludes and Choros by Villa-Lobos, Preludio y Danza by Orbón and Brouwer's Elogio de la danza, Canticum, and Danza Característica etc.

"This disc, with Barrueco's Albéniz and Villa-Lobos discs, together demonstrate mastery of many different aspects of the guitar; a triptych of excellence that is surely without precedent."

Classical Guitar Magazine

Manuel Barrueco plays de Falla, Ponce, Rodrigo

Pieces from the Three Cornered Hat, Homenaje pour "Le tombeau de Claude Debussy" by Falla, Rodrigo's Invocation et Danse and 3 Piezas Españolas, and Ponce's Sonatina Meridional.

Manuel Barrueco: 300 years of guitar masterpieces

Barrueco's early recordings for the Vox label, a collection of 4 LPs