A Vivaldi Guitar Concerto and Aeolian Suite by John Williams

Apr 11, 2016

The most popular guitar concerto from the Baroque era must certainly be the Guitar Concerto in D by Antonio Vivaldi.  That is something of a misnomer, however, because Vivaldi actually wrote it for the lute, but it is heard more often in recordings arranged for the classical guitar.

I'll have Angel Romero's recording with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields on the next Fretworks on classical 101.

Russian guitarist Dimitri Illarionov was the 2002 First Prize Winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and has gone on to an international career as a fine artist.  From his Naxos guitar recital CD, I'll have his performance of the Cavatina by Alexandre Tansman.  Tansman had moved to Paris from his native Poland, and the five-movement Cavatina was written in 1950 at the request of Andres Segovia.

John Williams plays his own Aeolian Suite for Guitar and Small Orchestra in a recording from 1998.  He used a haunting tune a friend had written as the basis for the suite.  He first developed that tune into a piece he called Aeolian Chant before composing aa entire four-movement suite.  Williams also uses some 14th century tunes in the second movement of this engaging work that blends old and new.

Music for flute and guitar from around 1813 by a not-so-well-known German composer named Christian Gottlieb Scheidler.  This 1979 BIS recording features Gunilla von Bahr and Diego Blanco on flute and guitar in the Sonata in D.  Christopher Parkening will end the hour with his virtuosic playing of Empress of the Pagodas from Mother Goose by Maurice Ravel. 

Join me for Fretworks Saturday and Wednesday evenings at 7 on Classical 101.