A “Concerto of the South” on the Next Fretworks

On our next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, we’ll have some musical warmth for a cold day with the Concierto del Sur, “Concerto of the South” by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce.  He used native Mexican rhythms and harmonies combined with his own original themes.  Ponce wrote one of the finest guitar concertos in the repertory in 1941 for Andres Segovia.

Our performance of this fine work comes from a 1972 recording with Australian born guitarist John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra with Andre Previn conducting.  This is from a fine collection issued some years back appropriately called “The Great Guitar Concertos.”

We’ll also hear guitarist David Russell play his own arrangement of a harpsichord suite by George Frideric Handel from his most recent Telarc CD of all Baroque music.  Also, Julian Navarro of the early music ensemble Musica Ficta will play a Baroque guitar for Folias from the Suite espanola by 17th century guitarist-composer Gaspar Sanz.

It’s well known that the great 19th century violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini loved playing the guitar, but not in public.  He wrote a number of chamber ensemble pieces with guitar, and we’ll hear the Sonata Concertata for Violin and Guitar with David Kim and Julian Gray on the next Fretworks.