Mandolin Concerto by Hummel on Fretworks Saturday Evening
A mandolin concerto from the end of the 18th century will be featured on the next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7 here on Classical 101.Â We’ll hear David Russell from his CD of Latin-American music for guitar.Â Also, there’s a guitar trio by Filippo Gragnani and a duo by Fernando Sor.
The centerpiece of the show is the Mandolin Concerto from 1799 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, a composer best-known today for his popular Trumpet Concerto in E.Â Hummel had studied with Haydn and was friendly with Schubert, Â Beethoven and Chopin.Â He was a highly regarded piano soloist as well.Â Hummel wrote the Mandolin Concerto for Bartholomeo Bortolazzi, a celebrated virtuoso that helped give the mandolin a relatively high public profile at the time.
Russell will play the Guitar Sonatina of Argentinian-American guitarist and composer Jorge Morel, who is now based in New York City.Â Members of the Linares Guitar Quartet will have the Guitar Trio in D of Filippo Granani (1768-1820), who first studied violin and then became known as a virtuoso performer on the guitar. Â Finally, two of the Romeros, Pepe and Celino, will play L’encouragement by Fernando Sor. Â They need no encouragement to trade brilliant passages back and forth in this early 19th century showpiece.
Join me Saturday evening at 7 for an hour of music showcasing the classical guitar and sometimes the mandolin, on Fretworks.