A Double Concerto from Joaquin Rodrigo on Fretworks

The Concierto de Aranjuez by Spanish Composer Joaquin Rodrigo is probably the best-known and best-loved guitar concerto in the repertoire, and we’ve heard several recordings with different soloists since Fretworks began airing this past January.  On this Saturday’s program, we’ll double the fun of Rodrigo’s wonderful musical sensibilities with his Concierto madrigal, essentially a concerto for two guitars and orchestra.

The Concierto madrigal, which is written in the form of a suite, was commissioned by Alexandre Lagoya and Ida Presti in 1966.  The first public performance took place at the Hollywood Bowl in 1970 with Pepe and Angel Romero as soloists with the Los Angeles Symphony.  Our recording for Saturday’s program features the same soloists and was made in London in 1974.

We also have music of Johann Sebastian Bach arranged for guitar with Jason Vieaux, and we’ll hear music for flute and guitar by Mauro Giuliani, his Gran Pot-Pourri with Nicola Guidetti and Maurizio Pagliarini.

Join me Saturday evening at 7 for Bach, Rodrigo and Giuliani on Fretworks here on Classical 101.  Here’s a just a sample from the Concierto madrigal