Guitar recital – Wednesday 26 february 2020

News of a local guitar event…
Please come along for a warming up Greek guitar recital,
full of sounds and sensuality:
*WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2020 – AT 6.30 pm*
*Bateman Auditorium*
*with an exceptional artist:*
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*Accompanied by **WILF Murray – piano*
*Described by USA Review as doing for the Greek soul what flamenco does *
*for the Spanish, Eleftheria Kotzia has toured the world.*
*She has given recitals at some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, *
*including the /Merkin Concert Hall /and the /Carnegie Recital Hall /(New York), *
*the /Herbst Theatre /(San Francisco), /The Wigmore Hall /and the /South Bank Centre /(London), *
*the /Megaron Concert Hall /(Athens), Les /Halles /and the /Amphitheatre Richelieu /in the Sorbonne (Paris), *
*the /Jubilee Hall /- /Raffles Hotel /(Singapore),/The Rudolfinum/ (Prague). *
*Antonio Vivaldi*(1678-1741)    – Concerto in D, RV93
Born in Venice <>, the capital of the Venetian Republic <>, he is regarded as one of the greatest
Baroque composers <>, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe.
This concerto  is one of four works featuring the solo lute <> wrote in the 1730s by Vivaldi.
It is usually played on guitar <>.
*L. van Beethoven ( 1770-1827) – *Sonatine WoO43a
Ludwig van Beethoven <> composed at least six works for mandolin <>, four of which survive.
None were published during his lifetime.
Though known better as a pianist, Beethoven possessed a Milanese mandolin <,_Milanese,_Cremonese,_Brescian,_Genoese>,
which was hung beside his piano.
These compositions are valuable miniatures that fit well, biographically and stylistically,
into the period of Beethoven’s Opus 1 <,_Op._1_(Beethoven)>, his first sonatas.
In 1796 Beethoven travelled to Prague where he met the Countess Josephine
of Clary-Aldringen (later Countess Clamm-Gallas) who played the mandolin.
For her, he wrote several works for mandolin and piano.
On this composition Beethoven added the dedication, “pour la belle Josephine
*Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)   Five Greek Songs*(arr Gr.Lynch)**
– Song for the bride
– Yonder, at the church
                                                 – What gallant can compare with me
                                                 – Song for the girls gathering pistachios
                                                 – Very merilly!
Maurice Ravel provided the piano accompaniments for the delightful /Five Greek Folk-songs/
between 1904 and 1906.
They were originally performed in the Greek language, but were later translated into French
by Ravel’s friend Michel Calvocoressi. It was the composer’s first foray into the art of
arranging folk tunes and were originally conceived for a music lecture.
They were collected by Calvocoressi on the island of Chios.
The texts of the songs deal with love and courtship**
*Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)  – *Introduction and Fandango **
Boccherini created the Introduction and Fandango of his most popular piece by stitching
together two different earlier works*.*
The result is a work completely unified by both the key, the ensemble, the mood,
and fund of melodies. Most evocative of the blood and sensuality of the old Spain.
*Rene Eespere (b.1954)   – *Evocatio (guitar solo)
The Estonian composer surprises with his originality.
Eespere employs romantic processes by updating them or by mixing influences from
older music in appropriate places.
His style has influences from ancient ritual music, minimalism and baroque music.
*Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999) * – Fantasia para un gentihombre
The concerto is Rodrigo’s second most popular work after the famous
/Concierto de Aranjuez <>/.
Rodrigo composed the concerto in 1954 at the request of guitarist Andrés Segovia <>,
who was evidently the /gentilhombre/ referenced in the title.
Segovia took the solo part at the premiere <> performance**on March 5, 1958, in San Francisco**
*TICKETS: £ 15.00    conc. £ 10.00    students/children £ 5.00 No fees when booking on-line ** <>***