Marking the 40th day since the death of Julian Bream

The classical guitarist and lutenist JULIAN BREAM, who celebrated his 87th birthday on 15 July 2020, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday 14 August 2020. To mark the 40th day since Julian Bream’s death, I found this performance by Alberto Mesirca of Federico Mompou’s Suite Compostelana particularly expressive. Recorded at Teatro Accademico of Castelfranco Veneto, 24…

Samuel Diz performing on Federico García Lorca’s guitar

In March 2020, the Spanish guitarist Samuel Diz released Memoria de la Melancolía – a recording that is dedicated to the memory of the writer and feminist María Teresa León (1903–1988), exploring her biography through the music of the Generation of ‘27 and exiled Spaniards during the turbulent history of twentieth-century Spain – with Samuel Diz performing…

Leo Brouwer’s Tribute to Julian Bream and his Concerto Elegiaco

The classical guitarist and lutenist JULIAN BREAM Friday 14 August 2020 The Cuban composer, conductor and guitarist, Leo Brouwer has had a long and fruitful musical connection with Julian Bream as he so eloquently expresses in this tribute which he published on 14 August 2020. This long-standing musical relationship has produced some of the finest of…

Julian Bream’s Birthday: A Celebration

The classical guitarist and lutenist JULIAN BREAM  celebrates his 87th birthday today 15 July 2020 HARDLY a day goes by when we are not reminded of the great contribution Julian Bream has made to the classical guitar repertoire – both to contemporary repertoire and music from earlier centuries – performing on guitar, lute, early guitars and…

Happy Bastille Day! Gabriel Bianco, Gaëlle Solal and Xuefei Yang

Gabriel Bianco Happy Bastille Day! In celebration, I thought I would catch up with two fine French classical guitarists – Gaëlle Solal and Gabriel Bianco – and their lockdown activities, and also revisit the spectacular Bastille Day concert under the Eiffel Tower, with Xuefei Yang performing the second movement of the Concerto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo. Gabriel Bianco has…

Sam Cave Premières Rafael Marino Arcaro: Dois Desenhos for guitar

The classical guitarist and composer Sam Cave will be giving an online performance this evening, hosted by the Orpheus Sinfonia Foundation, as part of their Adjourned but Still in Session Concert from his home in London at 6pm on Monday 13 July 2020. Sam Cave has established a well-deserved reputation for his excellent performances and recordings…

TU Dublin Conservatoire: Conversations with Renowned Guitarists

Marco Ramelli, Lecturer in Classical Guitar at TU Dublin Conservatoire and Dublin-based classical guitarist Eoin Flood have been organising a series of lectures dedicated to the classical guitar’s repertoire. Although they were originally designed for the students at TU Dublin Conservatoire, Marco and Eoin has generously opened up the class to the public. Under the…

What! Five Premières from What Guitar Trio

The What Guitar Trio (Ioannis Theodoridis and Michael Hughes) will be joined by the composer and guitarist Sam Cave in a concert which is part of the 840 concert series at Iklectik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane on Tuesday 17 December 2019. The five works to be premièred are: Lo Shu Square by Alex Nikiporenko, Jangle Consort (for three…