Highlights: The One-year Anniversary Show! We revisit our beginnings with a return to our first interview guest, Christopher Parkening, speaking of his personal relationship to Andres Segovia, Chris' emphasis on the pursuit of excellence in his approach to music, and the reason he has decided to retire from the concert stage. And we listen again to his legendary recordings from his extensive concert career spanning nearly fifty years.
Highlights: We take a trip "down under" to Australia and listen to performances by guitarist Karin Schaupp and Saphire: The Australian Guitar Quartet, the #1 best-selling classical music ensemble in Australia, consisting of Karin and quartet members Gareth Koch, Anthony Field, and Slava Grigoryan. Also featured are Australian composers Philip Houghton, Richard Charlton, and quartet member Gareth Koch.
Highlights: Part one of two shows featuring the music of Paraguayan composer/guitarist Agustin Barrios. Includes some rare early recordings of Barrios himself from 1928-29, re-issued on the Chanterelle label. Performances of Barrios' music by Ernesto Tamayo, Virginia Luque, John Williams, David Russell, Johannes Möller and more.
Highlights: Our second show featuring the music of Paraguayan composer/guitarist Agustin Barrios. Includes more rare early recordings of Barrios from 1928-29, re-issued on the Chanterelle label. Performances of Barrios' music by Karin Schaupp, Philip Candelaria, Antigoni Goni, David Russell, John Williams, and, of course, Barrios himself.
Highlights: A focus on the music of Catalan composer Miguel Llobet (1878-1938), the most renowned student of the legendary Spanish guitarist and composer Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909). Contemporary recordings by Marc Regnier, Lorenzo Micheli, Nirit Ziv-Wexler, and some rare audio recordings by Miguel Llobet himself.
Highlights: A focus on the music of students of Catalan composer Miguel Llobet (1878-1938), including Maria Luisa Anido (1907-1997), Eduardo Sainz de la Maza (1903-1982), and Rey de la Torre (1917-1994), with comments by in-studio guest Stephen Rekas on his decade of guitar study in Spain with these performers and also Emilio Pujol (1886-1980), a student of the legendary Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909). Also Aire vasco by the bliind guitarist/composer Antonio Jimenez Manjon (1886-1919), performed by David Russell.
Highlights: Our feature on the music of the legendary Spanish composer and guitarist Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909). Also includes discussion of Tarrega's primary students Miguel Llobet, Emilio Pujol, and Daniel Fortea. Performances of Tarrega's music by Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, Norbert Kraft, and Virginia Luque.
Highlights: We talk with special in-studio guest and local St.Louis guitarist Patrick Rafferty, who will play live in-studio renditions of Marieta and Rosita by Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909). Patrick received his graduate Diploma of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied with Julian Gray.
Highlights: Our third and final installment on the great guitarists from the Peabody Conservatory. Music of Sor, Granados, Albeniz and more as performed by David Starobin, Manuel Barrueco, Franco Platino, and the Beijing Guitar Duo.
Highlights: A look across the Divide . . .Guitar Music from the Far East. Music from the phenomenal Chinese guitarists Xuefei Yang, Meng Su, and Yameng Wang, playing music of Sergio Assad, Dietmar Ungerrank, and Tan Dun. Also music of Japanese guitarist/composer Shingo Fujii performed with William Kanengiser, and Japanese guitarist Kaori Muraji playing music of Toru Takemitsu.