Death of a major classical guitaristRIP
Sharon Isbin informs us of the passing of Carlos Barbosa-Lima, a leading Brazilian classical and jazz guitar virtuoso. He died in hospital of a heart attack, aged 77.
Sharon quotes their mutual friend Antonio Carlos Jobim:
‘What a joy, what a thrill it was, to listen to the recording Carlos sent me from New York. Just when I am so down, so bored, I suddenly find myself singing and dancing, taken over by the pure joy of it. I can feel their very presence in this room … the presence of these great musicians … the presence of this real brujo* of the guitar, Master Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and his more-than-partner (in this pas de deux), a true sorceress Sharon Isbin. Brujo and sorceress angel of good, living among us poor mortals, capable of changing the quality of life on this disturbed little planet.
‘Never before have I heard such a clear, clean, perfect recording, which is at the same time so melodious, harmonious, so alive and rhythmic. It is so beautiful it gives me goose pimples.’