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Music of Franz Schubert for his Birthday on the Next Fretworks

1:49PM
January
29, 2015

Austrian composer Franz Schubert was born on January 31, 1797, and I’ll have a couple of his works on the next Fretworks, which happens to be on that date. Also on the program, music from South America from Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Guastavino. Guitarist John Williams and the Australian Chamber Orchestra will play an arrangement of [...]

Tarrega for Two Guitars and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco on Fretworks

Guitarists Eliot Fisk and Paco Pena performing for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series.
Guitarists Eliot Fisk and Paco Pena performing for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series.
1:49PM
January 22, 2015

The Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco is the featured work for guitar and orchestra on the next Fretworks program on Classical 101. This popular concerto was written in Hollywood, after the composer fled his native Italy after the rise of the fascist government there.  It was dedicated to and first performed [...]

Concerto of the South by Manuel Ponce on Fretworks

Album cover of Sharon Isbin.
Sharon Isbin with the New York Philharmonic and Jose Serebrier from 2004.
3:00PM
January 15, 2015

The Concierto del Sur by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce is the big work for the hour on the next Fretworks airing Saturday evening at 7 and Wednesday evening at 7 on Classical 101.

Debussy, Bach and Flamenco on Next Fretworks

Guitarists Eliot Fisk and Paco Pena performing for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series.
Guitarists Eliot Fisk and Paco Pena performing for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series.
1:40PM
January 8, 2015

Bach, Debussy, Mozart, oh my! This week’s Fretworks is nothing less than a parade of master works.

A Festival of Christmas Music for Guitars on Next Fretworks

Large guitar with Christmas decorations
Guitars for Christmas? We certainly hope so. Listen to Fretworks Saturday at 7pm on Classical 101.
4:00PM
December 19, 2014

This week’s Fretworks features music for the holiday in various arrangements from solo guitar to four guitars with orchestra. The holiday program will air on Saturday evening at 7 and be repeated Wednesday at 7 on Christmas Eve.

Bartok, Vivaldi, and Hovhaness on Fretworks

Brandon Yip with guitar
Music by Brandon Yip with the San Francisco Guitar Quartet Saturday on Fretworks.
8:17AM
December 12, 2014

This week on Fretworks, I’ll have a couple of somewhat unusual selections as well as more expected fare.

Bach on Mandolin and Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto on Fretworks

Chris Thile holding a mandolin.
Chris Thile
1:10PM
December 4, 2014

On the next Fretworks, we’ll hear Bach played on the mandolin by Chris Thile, music from the first ever guitar concerto recording from the New York Philharmonic with Sharon Isbin, and music of the holidays from guitarists Giovanni De Chiaro and John Stover.

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on Next Fretworks

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in performance
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in performance.
9:26AM
November 20, 2014

This week on Fretworks, we’ll hear the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in their arrangement of music from the Renaissance by Giovanni Gabrielli.

Alan Hovhaness, Mozart, and Mandolin Concerto on Fretworks

Alan Hovhaness
Alan Hovhaness, circa 1970
1:40PM
November 13, 2014

This week on Fretworks, I have some music out of the ordinary guitar repertoire. We’ll hear part of a big guitar concerto by Alan Hovhaness, a piano sonata by Mozart arranged for flute and guitar, and a mandolin concerto from the 18th century. Listen on Classical 101, Saturday evening at 7 and Wednesday evening at 7 pm.

Sharon Isbin Featured on Next Fretworks

Sharon Isbin with a guitar
Sharon Isbin
1:17PM
November 6, 2014

One of the world’s premier classical guitarists, Sharon Isbin will be featured on the next Fretworks, airing Saturday evening at 7 and Wednesday evening at 7 on Classical 101.