Live but Unrecorded works

Julian Bream performed many works by composers in the live concert setting that were never represented in any of his studio recordings. Additionally, there were composers whose works he recorded frequently yet not all of their works found room on his numerous LP releases. So many of these works that were not part of his catalogue of studio recordings found room in his recitals.  Indeed some of these unrecorded works found themselves on stage more frequently than works that he had recorded and released on popular LP releases. 

Webmaster's note:
A special thanks to the guitar aficionados at the Delcamp Classical Guitar Forum. Some of the members have been compiling Julian Bream's recital performances of unrecorded works for many decades. While the initial list provided was much smaller than what is currently on this page today, it was definitely a very useful starting point.

The vast majority of the information on this page was compiled from old programmes followed by extensive research of the individual composers and their works.

Isaac Albéniz:

  • Capricho Catalán
  • Iberia (version for guitar and orchestra)
  • Rumores de la Caleta
  • Tango
  • Torre Bermeja
  • Zambra Granadina
  • Zortzico

Denis ApIvor

Concertino for Guitar and Orchestra , Op. 26

Malcolm Arnold:

  • Fantasy, Op. 107 (the broadcast is available on this Youtube link)
  • Serenade for Guitar and Strings

Johann Sebastian Bach:

  • Lute Suite No. 3, BWV 995 - Prelude
  • Cello Suite No. 4, BWV 1010 - Prelude
  • Cello Suite No. 6, BWV 1012
  • Sonata and partitas for Solo Violin, No. 1 (BWV 1001)

         -Four movements: Adagio, Fuga (Allegro), Siciliana and Presto

Augustine Barrios:

  • La Catedral

Ludwig van Beethoven:

  • Andante Varié st Rondeau, Opus 26 (with John Williams)

Lennox Berkeley:

  • Songs of the half-light (for high voice and guitar) Op. 65 - commissioned by Peter Pears.

         First performance by Peter Pears and Julian Bream at the Aldeburgh Festival, 1965

Michael Berkeley:

  • Sonata in One Movement

James Bernard:

  • Shepherd's Warning - commissioned by Peter Pears. First performance by Peter Pears and Julian Bream on November 12, 1954.

Leo Brouwer:

  • Decameron Negro
  • Hika

Dietrich Buxtehude:

  • Suite in E minor - Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue


  • First concerto
  • Quintet

Joan Ambrosio Dalza:

  • Pavana alla Veneziana - Piva

Manuel de Falla:

  • Arreangements form the ballet El Amor Brujo
  • Arrangement from the ballet Three-cornered Hat

Luis de Milan:

  • Fantasía VII
  • Fantasía XXXVI

Robert de Visée:

  • Suite in A
  • Suite in A minor
  • Suite in C minor

Claude Debussy:

  • La fille aux cheveux de lin

Stephen Dodgson:

  • Prelude, Nocturne and Toccata
  • Concerto No. 1 for Guitar and Orchestra


  • Partita
  • Suite

John Dowland:

  • Henry Noel's Galliard

Daniel Fortea:

  • Andaluza

Vincenzo Galilei:

  • Galliard


  • Corranda

Robert Johnson:

  • Fantasia
  • Galliard
  • Pavan
  • Almaine

Karl Kohaut:

  • Sonata in A - Adagio, Allegro, Minuetta and Allegro Finale

Adrian Le Roy:

  • Branles de Bourgonne

Manuel Ponce:

  • Thème et Variations et fugue sur les Folies d'Espagne
  • Sonatina meridional
  • Sonata clásica
  • Sonata romántica

Francisco Moreno Tórroba:

  • Arada - Danza

Niccolò Paganini:

  • Caprice, No. 24 (with John Williams)

Ida Presti:

  • Jardin dans Grenade

Emilio Pujol:

  • Sevilla

Joaquín Rodrigo:

  • Sarabande lointaine

Jean-Jacques Rousseau:

  • Pièce dans le style ancien

Domenico Scarlatti:

  • Gigue (arr: Presti)

Humphrey Searle:

Reginald Smith Brindle:

  • Nocturne for Guitar Solo
  • Three Sketches for Two Guitars

Fernando Sor:

  • Fantaisie élégiaque, op. 59
  • Sonata op. 15

Terry Usher:

  • Impromptu, Op. 2, No. 1
  • Sonata in A

Leopold Sylvius Weiss:

  • Partita in D - Prelude, Allemande, Sarabande, Minuet, Passacaille, Gigue
  • Sonata L. 27
  • Sonata L. 483

Julian Bream performed many more pieces that he never recorded than the ones stated above. In his live performances, it is known that he performed many works by many composers that he was never known to have recorded in the studio. Some of these live performances of unrecorded material may have surfaced later as a live radio broadcast studio recording. Some can be found on the BBC radio broadcast site and others were officially released for sale, such as the Testament CD from the BBC.

Additional composers :

Bartok, Bartolotti, Mertz, Blake-Watkins, Grieg, Händel, Lord, Migot, Piazzolla, Purcell, Regondi, Respighi, Schumann, Scott, Shand.