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Classical 101

Concerto of the South by Manuel Ponce on Fretworks

The Concierto del Sur by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce is the big work for the hour on the next Fretworks airing Saturday evening at 7 and Wednesday evening at 7 on Classical 101. The Concerto of the South, as the title translates, was composed in 1941 for the great Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia.  It combines native Mexican rhythms and harmonies and allusions to Southern Spain with Ponce's own original themes in this enjoyable and engaging concerto.  The premier took place in Montevideo, Uruguay  in 1941 with Segovia as soloist.  In 1946, Segovia performed it in New York to positive reviews. Our performance comes from a 2004 Warner Classics release featuring American guitarist  Sharon Isbin with the New York Philharmonic and Jose Serebrier in a critically well-received performance and recording.  It's hard to believe, but this disc, which also contains the Guitar Concerto by Villa-Lobos and the Concierto de Aranjuez of Rodrigo, is the first recording by the New York Philharmonic of guitar concertos.  They sure made a great start. Also on the program this week, a mandolin concerto from Francesco Lecce, an 18th century Italian composer whose music is associated with the Neapolitan School of Southern Italy.  From a Naxos CD called "21st Century Spanish Guitar," we'll hear Handeliana by Ricardo Llorca played by Adam Levin, and Lutz Kirchhof will play a Baroque lute for a sonata by 18th century composer Johann Friedrich Daube. Join me for Fretworks for music of the classical guitar, and this week, also mandolin and the lute here on Classical 101. http://youtu.be/urCXIA6QMHQ