We don’t hear the name Agustin Barrios (1884-1944) much today, but in his home country of Paraguay – and in certain guitar circles – he is still revered. Guitarist John Williams once said of Barrios “…is the best of the lot, regardless of era. His music is better formed, it’s more poetic, it’s more everything!” Barrios dedicated his life to both music and poetry. He composed over 300 individual compositions. During his travels throughout South America, Barrios would sign copieds of this poems and give them to anyone who wanted one. Collectors warn that the originals are difficult to authenicate.
Barrios’ music fell into three major categories: imitative, folk and religious. Many musicians consider his work call “La Catedral” his greatest composition. Barrios played parts of it to Andres Segovia and Segovia was entranced by it. He called it “… ideal for the repertory of any concert guitarist.”
Our Guitar Picks this week:
Agustin Barrios – Waltz No. 3 – Alexander-Sergei Ramírez
Antonio Vivaldi – Guitar Concerto, RV93 – John Williams
Joseph Haydn/Francois de Fossa – Grand Duo Op.9/5 – Castellani-Andriaccio Duo
JS Bach – Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998 – David Lippel
Manuel de Falla – Danza del Molinero – Miloš Karadaglić
My ukulele pick this week is my friend Ken Middleton’s version of a Bob Dylan classic:
Music: Overture to Don Giovanni – Capella Istropolitana conducted by Barry Wordsworth
Produced by Sara Soltau
used with permission of Harper Collins Publishers
Come see a film screening of the Children’s Opera Where the Wild Things Are, libretto by Maurice Sendak and music by Oliver Knussen, Saturday July 23rd at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. We will have kid’s crafts and a puppet meet and greet in the lobby and at 1:00 p.m. with the opera and a live performance of Ferdinand the Bull at 2:00 p.m. We’re also teaming up with Squallis Puppeteers to premiere a new show of the classic children’s book Ferdinand!
Pinchas Zukerman’s recording career spans almost 50 years and over 100 recordings. He’s been nominated for a Grammy 21 times, and has won two of them. Now Deutsche Grammophon is re-releasing some of his best work with the prolific German recording company, and his work on the Philips label, in a limited edition, 22-disc set. Daniel Gilliam spoke with Zukerman about his career in the recording world.