A Concerto for Four Guitars on Next Fretworks

We’ll have a concerto for four guitars and orchestra on the next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101.  That’s a lot of guitar strings played by the Romeros in Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz.

The “royal family of the guitar” will be heard in the 1967 recording made not long after the world premier of this concerto in Texas with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and Victor Alessandro conducting.  This engaging work blends what we think of as impressionistic Spanish guitar music with Baroque influences.

Speaking of impressionistic, we also have Finnish guitarist Timo Korhonen for his transcription of the opening movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” sonata, the Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor.  Another transcription will be performed by Christopher Parkening, Empress of the Pagodas from the Mother Goose ballet by Maurice Ravel.

We’ll hear music of Nicolo Paganini for mandolin and guitar played by Carlo Aonzo and Rene Izuierdo, and we have guitarist Ana Vidovic for two impressionistic pieces from Castles of Spain by Federico Moreno Torroba.

Above is a bit of the Concierto Andaluz to get you into the spirit of this Saturday’s Fretworks on Classical 101.