Category Modern Repertoire

Giacomo Susani Quintet with QuartettoCMantova

 QuartettoCMantova and Giacomo Susani (guitar) perform Quintet written by Susani. This comes via his YouTube Channel. Susani is an Italian classical guitarist based in London. Some great ensemble work with all the precise group articulations. Refined playing and composing by Susani, very…

Brouwer Conducts Elegiaco with Zaira Meneses

 Composer Leo Brouwer (b.1939) conducts his 1986 Concierto Elegiaco with Zaira Meneses playing the guitar. This was at the 2018 Boston GuitarFest at the New England Conservatory of Music and comes to us via Zaira Meneses and her great YouTube Channel.…

JIJI Plays Fratres by Arvo Pärt

JIJI plays Fratres (arr. and electronics by JIJI) by Arvo Pärt (b.1935). Everything I’ve heard and seen from JIJI is both artistically interesting and ultra high quality. Fantastic playing here and great recording mix with the electronics. The piece has gone…

Julia Trintschuk plays Allegro from Sonata Giocosa by Rodrigo

Julia Trintschuk plays Allegro from Sonata Giocosa by Joaquín Rodrigo (1901–1999) on a 2016 Richard Newman guitar. This comes via the excellent Siccas Guitars and their fantastic YouTube channel. Great playing by Trintschuk of this difficult but wonderful piece. Also see her past videos I’ve posted. She…

Tariq Harb Plays Danza Brazilera by Jorge Morel

Tariq Harb plays Danza Brazilera by Jorge Morel (b.1931). This comes via Harb’s fantastic YouTube Channel. Great playing as usual from Harb and I love seeing these somewhat casual videos where the playing is so extroverted and energetic. Cool shots of the right…

Steve Cowan Plays Ségoviana, Op. 366 by Milhaud

Canadian guitarist Steve Cowan plays Ségoviana, Op. 366 (1957) by French composer Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). Wonderful playing as usual from Cowan who is quickly becoming one of my favourite Canadian guitarists. Beautiful clean lines, sharp articulations, and lush contrasts make this one of…

Peter Graneis Plays Olli Mustonen’s Sonata Jehkin Iivana

 German guitarist Peter Graneis plays the sonata Jehkin Iivana by Finnish pianist, conductor, and composer Olli Mustonen (b.1967). This comes via Open Strings Berlin and their amazingly high quality Youtube Channel. Great playing here ranging from well paced contemplative momentum to virtuosic intensity. From…

Bahar Ossareh Plays Introduction & Dance by Pedram Falsafi

 Iranian-Canadian classical guitarist Bahar Ossareh plays Introduction & Dance by Iranian guitarist/composer Pedram Falsafi (b.1978). This comes via Bahar Ossareh’s Youtube channel with video by Drew Henderson. Ossareh currently teaches and performs in Toronto and Falsafi in San Francisco. Great piece that sits on the instrument…

Bart Venken plays Due Canzoni Lidie No.1 by Nuccio D’Angelo

Belgian guitarist Bart Venken plays Due Canzoni Lidie No.1 by Italian composer Nuccio D’Angelo (1955), during the Iserlohn Guitar Festival, August 2018. Live (impromptu) recording (in a garage) by Koen Caspeele. This via the Gitaar, maar waar? on their YouTube channel.…

Tariq Harb: Variations on a Moldavian Hora by Krouse

Tariq Harb  plays Variations on a Moldavian Hora by American composer Ian Krouse (b.1956). This comes via Harb’s fantastic YouTube Channel with video and sound production by the amazing Drew Henderson. Great performance and a real technical workout. As Harb mentions, “Composed in 1992 by Ian…

Rosie Bennet plays Sonata III by Ponce

Rosie Bennet plays Allegro Moderato (1st Mvt) from Sonata III by Manuel Ponce (1882-1948) on a 2018 Henner Hagenlocher guitar. This comes via the excellent Siccas Guitars in Germany and their YouTube. You may remember Bennet from The Open String Berlin featured video and interview a…