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Classical 101

Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for 3 Guitars on Fretworks

Berta Rojas playing guitar
Javier Valdez
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Berta Rojas

For the first day of Spring on Fretworks, I’ll have the appropriate movement from Antonio Vivaldi’s most famous work, The Four Seasons, in an arrangement for three guitars performed by the Amsterdam Guitar Trio.

March 21 is also the 330th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, so we’ll hear his Violin Concerto No. 2 in E arranged for guitar and string quartet, played by Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang and the Elias Quartet.

Other music will include the Bach-inspired La Catedral by the great Paraguayan guitarist-composer Agustin Barrios. Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas, who will be featured on Fretworks in a couple of months, performs the work on her CD Intimate Barrios.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIJzCeYsy2c

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet has the atmospheric Cuban Landscape with Rain by the renowned contemporary composer and guitarist Leo Brouwer. Jerome Ducharme, the winner of the 2005 Guitar Foundation of America Competition, plays Three Spanish Pieces from 1954 by Joaquin Rodrigo.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4k_2VA_BB4