Music for One, Two, and Four Guitars on Fretworks Saturday

Recently on Fretworks, we featured Andrew York, who was a long-time member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.  This week we have Scott Tennant of the same group, and we’ll be hearing him perform music with the quartet as well as from his own CD, Wild Mountain Thyme: Celtic Music  for the Classical Guitar.

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, of which Scott Tennant is a founding member, will perform a concerto by Georg Philipp Telemann that was originally written for four violins and orchestra.

Our orchestral piece on this Saturday’s program will come from guitarist John Williams, his own Aeolian Suite for Guitar and Small Orchestra.  A friend played a haunting tune he had written for Williams, and the guitarist used it as the basis for an entire suite.

Bolivian guitarist Javier Calderon will play music of Spanish composer Federico Moreno Torroba.  We’ll hear the Guitar Sonatina from a composer who had his greatest success with Zarzuelas, light Spanish opera.

We will round out the hour with the Katona Twins, the duo consisting of Peter and Zoltan Katona in a performance of the Tango Suite for Two Guitars by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla.

Join me Saturday evening at 7 for Fretworks for music of the Classical guitar and its repertoire here on Classical 101.

Here’s Scott Tennant performing a contemporary Spanish piece: