Category Modern Repertoire

Iliana Matos Plays Ponce’s Sonata clásica

Iliana Matos plays the first movement Allegro from Sonata clásica (1928) by Manuel Ponce (1882-1948). This comes via her YouTube channel. We don’t hear these Ponce sonatas as often as we should these days. I guess they are a lot of…

Jeffrey McFadden plays Fantasy on a Canadian Folksong

Canadian guitarist Jeffrey McFadden plays Fantasy on a Canadian Folksong (2018) by Jeffrey McFadden. This comes via McFadden’s fantastic Youtube channel. Recorded March 27, 2019 at St.Mary Magdalene Church, Toronto, by Drew Henderson. Guitar by my fellow Victorian  Marcus Dominelli (2019). Beautiful…

Thomas Viloteau plays Danza Caracteristica by Brouwer

Thomas Viloteau plays Danza Característica “Quítate de la Acera” (1957) by Leo Brouwer (b.1939) on a Alkemia-Strasbourg model guitar by Bastien Burlot, made with a spruce soundboard and African rosewood back and sides. This comes via Guitar Salon International and their…

Bradford Werner Plays Sarabande for Guitar by Francis Poulenc

Bradford Werner plays Sarabande for Guitar, To Ida Presti, (FP179) by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). Composed in 1960. I love this piece for it’s motivic repetition and overall calm feel. Sheet Music: I’m using this Recordi edition via SMP but changed…

Katalin Koltai Plays Bartok

Katalin Koltai plays The Night’s Music (Az éjszaka zenéje) from Out of Doors (Szabadban) by Béla Bartók (1881-1945). This comes via Koltai’s YouTube channel. Out of Doors is a set of five piano solo pieces by Bartók written around 1926.…

DUO Singer & Fischer Play Brouwer

DUO Singer & Fischer – Sébastien Singer (cello) and André Fischer (guitar) play Dialogos de la Isla y el Mar (1. Movement) by Leo Brouwer  (b.1939) with Fischer on a 1968 Daniel Friederich guitar. This comes via Siccas Guitars and their…

Jérémy Jouve Plays 3 Figures Fractales by Ourkouzounov

French guitarist Jérémy Jouve plays 3 Figures Fractales by Atanas Ourkouzounov (b.1970). This comes via the Ourkouzounov’s YouTube Channel. Jouve sounds fantastic as usual in this new challenging work. His excellent phrasing, dynamics, and momentum keep this piece focused and meditative. Dramatic work…

Emmanuel Sowicz plays Quatre Pièces by Lennox Berkeley

Emmanuel Sowicz plays Quatre Pièces (pour la guitare) by Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903–1989). This comes via Open Strings Berlin and their amazing Youtube Channel. Great playing by Sowicz, filled with expressive but clean and clear articulations and ideas. Keep listening for the beautiful…

Matthew McAllister plays Preludio e toccatina by Assad

Matthew McAllister plays the 3rd movement, Preludio e toccatina from Aquarelle by Sergio Assad (b.1952) during a session via Uroš Barič and Baros Records in Slovenia. This comes via McAllister’s YouTube channel. Great playing as usual and you can always…

Augustin Pesnon Plays Notes Indiscrètes by Dyens

Augustin Pesnon plays Notes Indiscrètes by Roland Dyens (1955–2016). This comes via the Paris Guitar Foundation and their amazing YouTube channel. Sound Engineer: Basile Segouin; Guitar: Greg Smallman & Sons 2011; shot in Paris, France. Directed by Dora Surdeau. Nice little piece with…

Redžić & Bogosavljević play Concert d’aujourd’hui by Piazzolla

Sanel Redžić (guitar) & Jovan Bogosavljević (violin) play 4. Movement: Concert d’aujourd’hui, from L’Histoire du Tango by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992). This comes via Redzic’s great YouTube channel. Recorded in Klettbach, Germany. Wonderfully rhythmic performance and worked out articulations.

Meng Su plays Sun Wukong’s Toccata by Assad

Meng Su plays Sun Wukong’s Toccata by Sergio Assad. This comes via GuitarCoop and their YouTube Channel. Amazing performance with an outrageously high level of technique, musicality, and sonic interpretation. Meng Su is one of my favourite players, I got to see her perform last…