The Concierto De Aranjuez By Joaquin Rodrigo On Fretworks

The most popular of all guitar concertos, the Concierto de Arnjuez by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo will be featured on the next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101.  This great concerto from 1939, inspired by the palace and gardens built by Philip II in the 16th century and rebuilt in the 18th century, transports the listener back to a romantic Spain of long ago. We’ll hear soloist Eduardo Fernandez with the English Chamber Orchestra.

The outstanding young Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang will play Variations on the Carnival of Venice by Francisco Tarrega, and flutist  Mindy Rosenfeld and lutenist Ronn McFarlane will perform a sonata by George Frideric Handel.  Music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen provides the inspiration for American guitarist David Starobin and his Variations on a Theme by Carl Nielsen from his new CD released just last year.

We’ll also hear again from Fidium Concentus, a guitar and mandolin orchestra from Germany.  They’ll play the popular Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms, originally written for piano duet but heard in many arrangements, including for full orchestra.  Here, it gets a rousing treatment with a lot of mandolins and guitar going full-steam all at once, completing a program for a variety of fretted stringed instruments this week on Fretworks.

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