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Classical 101

A Beethoven Overture on 4 Guitars and Music for an 11-string Archguitar


The Texas Guitar Quartet took upon itself the daunting task of arranging and recording one of Beethoven's most popular and dramatic orchestral overtures, the Egmont Overture.  

The arrangement was made by Isaac Bustos, who is a member of the group, along with Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel and Joseph William II.  You can hear the exciting results on the next Fretworks.

French guitarist Jeremy Jouve was the 2003 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition. From his Naxos recital disc of solo guitar music by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, I'll have Jouve's performance of the three-movement Sonata giocosa, Rodrigo's first sonata for guitar, written in 1958.

Music for mandolin and orchestra will feature one of the leading mandolin players from Italy with the chamber orchestra I Solisti Veneti conducted by Claudio Scimone.  Ugo Orlandi will be the soloist in music from the late 18th century by Giovanni Paisiello, the Mandolin Concerto in Eb.

American guitarist Jon Mendle made his Carnegie Hall recital debut at the age of 19, performing his own arrangement of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor.  He went on tour with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and has been a member of the San Francisco Guitar Quartet and the Pacifica Guitar Ensemble.  Currently, he's playing an unusual 11-string instrument called an Archguitar that has the same range as a 13-course Baroque lute.  You can hear him play it on Sonata No. 4 by  Adam Falckenhagen, who was a pupil of J.S. Bach.

To end the hour on the next Fretworks, renowned guitarist and one of the original members of Los Romeros, Pepe Romero joins the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields for an arrangement of Mozart's Rondo in C, a work originally for violin and orchestra.

Join me for music of the classical guitar on Fretworks Saturday and Wednesday evenings at 7 on Classical 101.