Grieg’s Holberg Suite for Three Guitars on Next Fretworks

This Saturday evening at 7pm on Classical 101, our hour long program Fretworks has music for the classical guitar.  This week we’ll hear a guitar trio, a duo, solo pieces, and a concerto for good measure.

The Castellani-Andriaccio Duo plays music of the Argentinian born guitarist  and composer Jorge Morel.  Morel, born in 1931, has lived in New York City for many years and is an influential composer for the classical guitar.  His works have been performed and recorded by many top guitarists of our time, including John Williams, Christopher Parkening, David Russell, Pepe and Angel Romero, Eliot Fisk and more.  We’ll hear Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio play Jorge Morel’s Fantasia de la Danza.

Pepe Romero will be the soloist for Ferdinando Carulli’s Guitar Concerto in E minor from 1820 with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.  Swedish guitarist Matts Bergstrom has Fransisco Tarrega’s Capricho arabe, and John Williams plays his arrangement of the traditional El Condor Pasa from South America, a tune that was made widely known from its appearance in the 1970 album “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel.

Our centerpiece for the hour is an arrangement for three guitars of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite.  The Netherlands Guitar Trio will play this music that was originally written for piano in 1884 but is much better known in its version for string orchestra.  The five movement suite is based on 18th century dances and was written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ludvig Holberg, the Danish-Norwegian playwright.

Join me Saturday evening at 7pm for Fretworks here on Classical 101.