Guitar lovers rejoice! Classical 101's weekly series Fretworks with host John Rittmeyer is an hour-long program featuring the world of the classical guitar as a solo instrument or member of an ensemble, with an occasional lute or mandolin player.
The music ranges from old to new and includes the great repertoire from Spain and Latin America as well as melodic contemporary music from around the world. You'll hear recordings of the great guitarists along with recent releases from young masters.
We hope you'll give the show a listen and make it part of your routine. It's a great way to unwind on a Saturday evening.
Antonio Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons will be featured for the first Saturday of spring in an arrangement for three guitars on the next Fretworks on Classical 101.
On Saturday evening at 7 on classical 101, the next Fretworks broadcast will feature Paul Galbraith and his 8-string guitar for music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Conductor and arranger Peter Breiner has made an intriguing setting for guitar and orchestra of music from George Bizet’s opera Carmen. Bizet’s 1875 opera is so full of good tunes, Breiner made his arrangement into four movements lasting about 50 minutes.
This week on Fretworks, we have one of the great early 19th century guitar concertos, Mauro Giuliani’s Guitar Concerto in A, Op. 30. This work from around 1812 is in Late Classical/Early Romantic style and is a joy to hear.
On our next Fretworks broadcast, the exciting young Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang will play music of Johann Sebastian Bach from her CD of Bach concertos arranged for guitar and string quartet.
On Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, the next Fretworks will include a mandolin orchestra, the International Mandolin Academy Orchestra. They are an ensemble made up of musicians from Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Japan, and Canada. They’ll play a Samba by contemporary composer Stefano Squarzino.
On the next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, we have music of Frederic Chopin arranged for guitar trio, Catalan folk songs for solo guitar, an 18th Century concerto, originally for lute, and a tango for two guitars.
The most popular of all guitar concertos, the Concierto de Arnjuez by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo will be featured on the next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101.
On our next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, we’ll have some musical warmth for a cold day with the Concierto del Sur, “Concerto of the South” by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce.
This Saturday evening at 7 on Fretworks, we’ll hear part two of our visit with guitarist Jordan Dodson recorded last November when he was in Columbus. He’ll perform a bravura virtuoso showpiece by the 19th century guitarist-composer Giulio Regondi.