Sharon Isbin

'Alma Española' album cover
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That old guitar that you strum from time to time — did you know it has a soul?

If musical instruments are said to have souls, then there is no instrument with a soul more Spanish than the guitar. And now, there is arguably no recording with a more Spanish soul than Alma Española, a new recording of Spanish music performed by two of classical music's most celebrated artists: guitarist Sharon Isbin and vocalist Isabel Leonard.

The next Fretworks for Labor Day weekend and the second week of September will begin with a rousing rendition of George Gershwin's Three Preludes for Piano arranged for four mandolins and performed by the Modern Mandolin Quartet.

Join me for Fretworks for music of the classical guitar this Saturday at 7 pm on Classical 101. This week, from Latin America, we’ll hear the Guitar Concerto of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Sharon Isbin will be featured in her 2004 Warner Classics CD that got great reviews for her performances with the New York Philharmonic led by Jose Serebrier, not only for the Villa-Lobos but also for the Rodrigo and Ponce concertos on the recording.