Aspen Music Festival And School

A Recital by Sharon Isbin guitar and the Pacifica Quartet

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TURINA: La oración del torero, op. 34
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: Guitar Quintet in F major, op. 143
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VIVALDI/PUJOL/SHARON ISBIN: Guitar Concerto in D major, RV 93
BOCCHERINI: Quintet No. 4 for Guitar and Strings, G. 448, “Fandango”

The Grammy-Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and multiple Grammy-Award-winning Sharon Isbin team up for a captivating program of works for guitar and strings spanning the Baroque to the mid-twentieth century. Based on their CD “Souvenirs of Spain and Italy,” the spotlight is on Italian composers influenced by Spanish musical traditions. The opening piece by recital’s only Spanish-born composer, Turina, captures the fervor of a matador’s prayer before entering the bullring.

Anti-Semitic sentiment forced Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco from his native Italy in 1939. He settled in Beverly Hills where he composed a lot of film music. He brought with him his lifelong interest in Spanish music and a history of writing for the guitar which began with a commission from Andres Segovia. His 1950 Guitar Quintet, also written for Segovia, has been described by music critic Allan Kozinn as ''an urbane work, rich in vibrant themes and dialogues among individual lines.”

Emilio Pujol's guitar arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi's Lute Concerto in D Major features Isbin’s own Baroque ornamentation in the dreamy, meditative slow movement.

Boccherini’s “Fandango” Guitar Quintet is named for its last movement, a brilliant distillation of the Spanish folk dance. As it was traditionally performed by couples with castanets accompanied by guitars, Boccherini included in his score both castanets and a sistrum, an ancient jangling rattle which sounds like a modern tambourine.

Be sure to get your tickets early for this extraordinary concert that teams up one of the great guitarists of all time with the electrifying Pacifica Quartet.

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