Concerto of the South on Next Fretworks

Mexican composer Manuel Ponce wrote his Concierto del sur, Concerto of the South, for Andres Segovia, who commissioned the work in 1941.  Native Mexican rhythms and harmonies combine with the composer’s own original themes in this engaging concerto for guitar and orchestra.  Eduardo Fernandez will be the soloist in our recording on the next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7.

Along with the Ponce,  I’ll have a concerto for four guitars by Antonio Vivaldi in a 1968 recording with the Romeros and the San Antonio Symphony led by Victor Alessandro.  In between the two concertos, John Feeley and Raymond Burley will play a Fantasie for two guitars from 1833 by Fernando Sor.  The great Spanish born guitarist composer settled in Paris in 1813 and sought to establish a new repertoire for the guitar, emulating such composers as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

Toward the end of the hour, guitarist David Russell plays his own arrangement of  the Passacaille from a harpsichord suite by George Frideric Handel, and if time permits, we’ll hear an Argentinean tango from guitarist Victor Villadangos.

Join me for Fretworks every Saturday evening at 7pm here on Classical 101.