Handel Concerto With Guitar on Fretworks Saturday Evening

On the Next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, we will have a concerto by Handel arranged for guitar, a guitar quintet by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, lute music of J. S. Bach played on the lute, and an opera overture performed with guitar and piano.

We will open the program with a track from the debut album from Swedish guitarist Mattias Jacobsson, which won praise from Gramophone Magazine.  We’ll hear Francisco Tarrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra, that wonderful piece that challenges the ability of any guitarist to play a fine tremolo.

Guitarist John Williams will perform what was originally the Organ Concerto in F, Op. 4, No. 5 of George Frideric Handel in an arrangement for guitar and strings with the Academy of St. Martin-in the-Fields.  Lutenist Hopkinson Smith will play some Baroque music in its original form, selections from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Lute Suite No. 4.

We go to the 20th century for music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco for his Guitar Quintet from 1950. It features Japanese guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita and the Tokyo String Quartet.  Also, we’ll hear the more unusual combination of guitar and piano from guitarist Franz Halasz and pianist Debora Halasz for Ferdinando Carulli’s arrangement of the overture to Rossini’s opera Armida on Saturday’s program.

Here’s Mattias Jacobsson, who is only 28 now, back in 2006 demonstrating his considerable ability in the Tarrega piece:

 

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