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A Guitar Concerto by Franz Joseph Haydn on Fretworks

Friedemann Wuettke playing a guitar
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Friedemann Wuettke will be performing a guitar concerto by Franz Joseph Haydn on this week's Fretworks

The next Fretworks program this Saturday at 7 pm, will feature a guitar concerto by Haydn, sort of… Franz Joseph Haydn never actually wrote a guitar concerto, but German guitarist FriedemannWuettke took it upon himself to make an arrangement of the String Quartet, Op. 2, No. 2 for guitar and strings. He’ll be the soloist with the New Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

Canadian guitarist Norbert Kraft will begin the hour with one of the most famous Spanish guitar pieces, Asturias. This showpiece for the classical guitar was originally written in 1892 for the piano by Isaac Albeniz and became part of the great Suite espanola in 1911. The first transcription for guitar is attributed to Fransisco Tarrega, but the most influential one is by Andres Segovia.

Swedish Lutenist Jacob Lindberg will perform music by Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger, a Toccata and Corrente. Kapsberger was considered perhaps the most famous lute virtuoso in Italy in the first decades of the 17th century. Jacob Lindberg is one of the finest lute players of our time, so it’s not a bad combination.

L’encouragement, Fanasie a deux guitares, Op. 34, was published in Paris in 1828. The great early 19th century guitarist/composer Fernado Sor wrote numerous guitar duets, and this is one of the best-known of the group. It’s in three parts: Cantabile, Theme and Variations, and Waltz. I’ll have a Naxos recording with a guitar duo from Prague consisting of Robert Kubica and Wilma van Berkel.

The Alice Artzt Guitar Trio will conclude the hour with Film Music: Suite No. 2 for 3 Guitars, which features arrangements of music by Charles Chaplin that he wrote for three of his great films, Smile from Modern Times, and themes from City Lights and from Limelight.

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