Concerto for 4 Guitars on Fretworks Saturday Evening

Celedonio Romero(Photo: Wikipedia)
Celedonio Romero(Photo: Wikipedia)

Each week on Fretworks, I try to have one of the big guitar concertos, along with plenty of solo and smaller ensemble pieces for the classical guitar.   This Saturday at 7 pm, we’ll have a concerto for four, yes, count ‘em, four, guitars by Joaquin Rodrigo.

Rodrigo, of course, wrote the most popular of all guitar concertos, the Concierto de Aranjuez in 1939 with its evocation of the royal town of Aranjuez at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Not too far behind, Fantasia para un gentilhombre (Fantasy for a Gentleman) for guitar and small orchestra from 1954, was composed for Joaquin Rodrigo and brings to life traditional tunes and dances written for solo guitar by the 17th century guitarist Gaspar Sanz.

The Concierto Andaluz that we have for you on this week’s show was written in 1967, and the three movements imitate the style of music from the Andalusian region of Spain.  It was commissioned by Celedonio Romero and first performed by the Romeros in San Antonio, Texas with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra that same year.

We’ll also be hearing again from the Amsterdam Guitar Trio in one of their own arrangements of music by Chopin.  Sharon Isbin, who was the soloist for the Concierto de Aranjuez on our very first broadcast of Fretworks back in January, will play music of Albeniz. American guitarist Eliot Fisk will perform music originally for the harpsichord from 17th century composer Johann Jacob Froberger.

The Concierto Andaluz is particularly wonderful and luxurious-sounding music.  Hear it on Fretworks here on Classical 101.  Apparently they like this music in Germany, too.  Here’s a performance from Darmsdtadt.