Conductor and arranger Peter Breiner has made an intriguing setting for guitar and orchestra of music from George Bizet’s opera Carmen. Bizet’s 1875 opera is so full of good tunes, Breiner made his arrangement into four movements lasting about 50 minutes.
The highly esteemed Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink will be 85 on Tuesday, and he’s still going strong in the concert halls and releasing new recordings.
This week on Fretworks, we have one of the great early 19th century guitar concertos, Mauro Giuliani’s Guitar Concerto in A, Op. 30. This work from around 1812 is in Late Classical/Early Romantic style and is a joy to hear.
On our next Fretworks broadcast, the exciting young Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang will play music of Johann Sebastian Bach from her CD of Bach concertos arranged for guitar and string quartet.
On Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, the next Fretworks will include a mandolin orchestra, the International Mandolin Academy Orchestra. They are an ensemble made up of musicians from Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Japan, and Canada. They’ll play a Samba by contemporary composer Stefano Squarzino.
Amazon unveils a pilot show that tells the story of a young, charismatic conductor who bares resemblance to a real-life maestro.
This evening on Symphony @ 7, we have a musical treat in the form of the rarely heard Symphony No. 2 in Bb by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. He was 24 when he completed this work in 1865. His big break in the music world with his Slavonic Dances was still about a dozen years away.
On the next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, we have music of Frederic Chopin arranged for guitar trio, Catalan folk songs for solo guitar, an 18th Century concerto, originally for lute, and a tango for two guitars.
This week on Symphony @ 7, we’ll pay tribute to the great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado by presenting a range of recordings spanning different periods of his conducting career, culminating Friday evening in a big performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection.
The most popular of all guitar concertos, the Concierto de Arnjuez by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo will be featured on the next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101.