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Malcolm Arnold Guitar Concerto with Julian Bream on Fretworks

A portrait of English composer, Sir Malcolm Arnold depicts a man with humor and intensity. You can hear that personality in his work this week on Fretworks.

On the next Fretworks, Flutist James Galway and guitarist Kazuhita Yamashita will play a serenade by Domenico Cimarosa, the late 18th century composer who was considered Rossini's most distinguished predecessor in Italian opera.  The performance is from a fine 1986 release called "Italian Serenade" from RCA. 

From David Russell's Telarc CD "Spanish Legends," we'll hear Tango and Tonadilla by Emilio Pujol.  Even though Andres Segovia is better known today, Pujol was one of the seminal figures in the development of the guitar as a concert instrument in the early 20th century.

The Amadeus Guitar Duo, consisting of Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff, has a new CD out called "Baroque Moments."  Johann Sebastian Bach's Italian Concerto will be featured from that recording.

The big piece for the hour is English composer Malcolm Arnold's  jazz-inflected Guitar Concerto from 1959.  It was written for the soloist in our recording, Julian Bream.  This EMI Recording from 1993 features the chamber version of the work scored for guitar, flute, horns and string quintet.  The second movement expresses Bream's deep affection and admiration for Django Reinhart, the great French gypsy guitarist. 

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