Vivaldi on Guitar

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Every weekday morning at 10:30 Alan Brandt presents the “Guitar Pick,” a musical selection that features the guitar in some form or fashion. It can be as a solo instrument, in a chamber setting or with orchestra. On Monday, Alan played a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi that has seen several different arrangements, including this arrangement for four guitars.

The Concerto, RV 580 by Vivaldi was originally written for 4 violins and orchestra. It was part of a published set under the opus number 3. The 12 concerti were collectively called L’Estro armonico or “The Harmonic Fancy” by its publisher. Johann Sebastian Bach, who met Vivaldi at one point, liked the concerto so much he transcribed it for 4 harpsichords and orchestra.

This recording doesn’t state who transcribed the work for 4 guitars, but it’s a good bet it was done by one of the family members of Los Romeros.

Other guitar picks this week:

JS Bach – Italian Concerto – Amadeus Guitar Duo
John Johnson – Pavan and Galliard – Bream and Williams
Joaquin Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez – Milos
Fernando Sor – Rustic Fantasia, Op. 52 – Adam Holzman

And since I’m a ukulele aficionado, let’s leave you with this performance by the late, great John King.

Live In-Studio: Guitarist Ekachai Jearakul

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In 2014, Thai guitarist Ekachai Jearakul won the prestigious International Concert Artist Competition from the Guitar Foundation of America. He’ll be in Louisville to play at the University of Louisville, and perform a live in-studio here at Classical 90.5 on October 6th at 2pm.

Free and open-to-the-public. Doors open at 1:45pm.

Lunchtime Classics: Andrew Rhinehart

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Our next Lunchtime Classics features guitarist Andrew Rhinehart, who’s not a stranger to Classical 90.5 (see below). Join us for a free concert on Wednesday at noon, doors open at 11:45am.

Featured Album: Starobin on Giuliani

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Mauro Giuliani was responsible for making the guitar a prominent instrument in concert music, and was thought of as the Beethoven of the guitar. David Starobin’s newest recordings of Giuliani’s music if our Featured Album.

Featured Album: Jérémy Jouve Plays Rodrigo

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Jérémy Jouve won the 2003 Guitar Foundation of America First Prize, the equivalent of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition. He’s since recorded the complete guitar music of Joaquin Rodrigo for Naxos and his second volume is our Featured Album.