From Mozart to “Amelie” on Next Fretworks

Amelie poster(Photo: Wikipedia)
Amelie poster(Photo: Wikipedia)

Sounds of the classical guitar can be heard in a variety of settings in music of Mozart, J.S. Bach, Issac Albeniz and Yann Tiersen on the next Fretworks Saturday evening at 7 p.m. on Classical 101.

Pepe Romero will play a rondo by Mozart, originally for violin and orchestra arranged for guitar, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields will accompany him. Then David Russell will have a lute suite by Bach, transcribed for a modern classical guitar. Bach apparently liked the music so much that there is a version for solo violin, as well as one for the lute.

The piano suite Iberia from 1907 by Albeniz is one of the musical treasures of Spain. Much of this music sounds so natural arranged for the guitar that people are sometimes surprised to find out it was written for the piano. It is sometimes heard in the orchestral arrangement by Enrique Arbos, but we are going to have a version for guitar and orchestra.  In 1993, Leo Brouwer made an arrangement of three of the sections, calling it the Iberia Suite.

The Duo Transatlantique are two guitarists, Benjamin Beirs and Maud Laforest, who reside on opposite sides of the Atlantic, he in Baltimore, and she, in Reims, France. They will play music by Tiersen, written for the quirky but charming 2001 French film, “Amelie,” a romantic comedy directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.  It is charming music, too, as you will hear if you tune in for Fretworks, Saturday evening at 7 p.m.