Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto on Fretworks

1:19PM
August
14, 2014

This Saturday evening on Fretworks, I’ll have the Guitar Concerto from Brazil’s best-known composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. This piece was written for Andres Segovia, who gave the first performance of this popular work in 1956. We’ll hear the Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez in a recording with the English Chamber Orchestra.

A Danish Affirmation of Life from Carl Nielsen: Sinfonia Espansiva

2:48PM
August
13, 2014

Danish composer Carl Nielsen spoke of the first movement of his Sinfonia espansiva as “a gust of energy and life-affirmation blown out into the wide world,” and called the finale of his Third Symphony “a hymn to work and the healthy activity of everyday life.”

Paganini Concerto for Guitar with Nicola Hall on Fretworks

1:19PM
August
7, 2014

The next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7pm will feature British guitarist Nicola Hall as the soloist for an arrangement of Niccolo Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor in a recording made in 1992.

Music of Peace from Great Composers in the First World War

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Cortot Landscape 1870
3:08PM
August 6, 2014

It was called “The Great War,” then “The War to End All Wars,” and finally, “The First World War,” a dubious distinction considering what it implies about the future. But even in times of great destruction and turmoil and its aftermath, music has the power to supply much needed solace and beauty.

Guitar Music for Twins on Next Fretworks

1:42PM
July
31, 2014

The world’s largest annual gather of twins is happening this weekend in Twinsburg, Ohio, so why not have music for twin guitarists on Fretworks?

Concerto by Mauro Giuliani on Rare Historic Guitar on Fretworks

1:38PM
July
24, 2014

On Fretworks this Saturday evening, I’ll have a fine recording of the popular Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A by the early 19th century guitarist composer Mauro Giuliani. John Williams will play a rare Gaetano Guadagnini guitar made in Turin in 1814.

Conductor Herbert von Karajan Featured on Symphony @ 7

Herbert Von Karajan
Herbert Von Karajan
3:40PM
July
22, 2014

This week on Symphony @ 7, I’ll be featuring some notable recordings Herbert Von Karajan made with the Berlin Philharmonic.

One, Two Three, Four Guitars and a Lute on Fretworks

12:35PM
July
17, 2014

The Next Fretworks program will feature music for various numbers of guitars, with a bit of Renaissance lute for good measure. Ron McFarlane has several pieces from 16th century France by Pierre Attaignant.

The Changing Sounds of Orchestras

12:51PM
July
10, 2014

Recently, one of the premier American orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, underwent another personnel change that may affect, even if subtly, the sound of that esteemed ensemble.