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Classical 101

Xuefei Yang Plays Bach Concerto on Fretworks

On our next Fretworks broadcast, the exciting young Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang will play music of Johann Sebastian Bach from her CD of Bach concertos arranged for guitar and string quartet.  She's accompanied by the  Elias String Quartet for what was originally the Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor.  It's a grand piece in its keyboard version, and Xuefei Yang and the quartet do a fine job in this transcription. Also on the program Saturday at  p m, we'll have a mandolin concerto by Giovanni Paisiello, an Italian composer from a little after J. S. Bach (1740-1816). Our recording from 1985 will feature Ugo Orlandi with I Solisti Veneti led by Claudio Scimone. The mandolin has remained a popular fretted and plucked stringed instrument with many people, and like the lute, is heard fairly regularly on Fretworks, even though the main focus remains the classical guitar. Speaking of which, we'll hear a guitarist from Azerbaijan, Rovshan Mamedkuliev, who was the first prize winner at the Guitar Foundation of America Competition in 2012.  He'll play a Jota, a Spanish dance by Fransisco Tarrega.  And for good measure, we'll have three guitars for a couple of selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein with the Alice Artzt Guitar Trio. Join me Saturday at 7 for Fretworks on Classical 101.