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Classical 101

Mandolin, the Baroque Lute, and Iberia Suite for Guitar on Fretworks

Jorge Royan
Here, a lute is being crafted in a workshop.

This week on Fretworks, I'll have some music for the mandolin and for the lute, as well as  classical guitar.  For good measure, there is also a piece for flute and guitar.

20th century Italian composer Franco Margola wrote mainly symphonies and chamber music but in 1982 composed his Grand Sonata for Mandolin and Guitar.  We'll hear a performance from renowned mandolin player Ugo Orlandi, accompanied by guitarist Alessandro Bono in a 1998 recording from Nuovo Era.

Federico Moreno Torroba was the first prominent Spanish composer to write new music for the guitar at the request of Andres Segovia, who wanted new original works for the instrument.  Maurice Ravel was an enthusiastic member of the audience in Paris when Segovia gave the first public performance of Torroba's Guitar Sonatina.  Our performance comes from a Naxos recording with Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic, who won the 1998 Guitar Foundation of America Competition.

Isaac Albeniz's masterpiece is a twelve-movement suite for piano called Iberia, which evokes various aspects of Spain.  Three movements were orchestrated by Leo Bouwer in 1993 for guitar and orchestra as a 60th birthday gift for Julian Bream.  Finnish guitarist Timo Korhonen and the Tampere Philharmonic will play Evocation, El Puerto, and El Albicin in Brouwer's version of the Iberia Suite.

In the second half of the hour on the next Fretworks, Lutz Kirchhof has a work for the Baroque lute, the Lute Partita in D of David Kellner, a piece published in Hamburg in 1747.  Flutist Laurel Zucker and guitarist Richard Savino perform the Duettino for Flute and Guitar by the early early 19th century virtuoso guitarist and composer, Mauro Giuliani.

Fretworks airs Saturday and Wednesday evenings at 7 on Classical 101.