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