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January 23, 2007 "Off the Beaten Path/John Williams Interview"

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This week's edition of Classical Guitar Alive! features music off the beaten path and an interview with guitarist John Williams.

The program begins with one of Bach's lesser-known contemporaries, Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758). His lute concerto is performed by Austrian guitarist Konrad Ragossnig.

Argenitine guitarist Victor Villadangos performs the "Tres Piezas Rioplatenses" [Three Pieces from the River Plate Region] by Argentine guitarist-composer Maximo Diego Pujol (b. 1957), is based on three dance forms from that area: tango, milonga, and candombe.

Anton Diabelli (1781-1858) is now best known for his waltz which was used as the basis for Beethoven's "Diabelli Variations." During his own lifetime, Diabelli was a successful music publisher in Vienna. He taught and composed for both piano and guitar, including his Grand Sonata Brillante, op. 102. A recent thematic catalogue of Diabelli's compositions and arrangements with guitar is published by Editions Orphee.

Guitarist John Williams speaks about his guest appearance on banjo player Bela Fleck's Sony Classical CD, and how Fleck's rhythmic approach brings a fresh interpretation of Chopin's "Mazurka in f# minor."

The program concludes with Victor Villadangos performing his own composition, "Tucututa," whose title is based on the percussive rhythm at the beginning of the piece.

Public Rado Satellite System uplink:
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 1300 Eastern Time digital stereo channel: A68.1

Program ID# 07-D65-00004
Title: Off the Beaten Path/John Williams Interview
Total length: 58:50

In Cue: MUSIC IN "Hello and welcome to.."
Out Cue: MUSIC IN "...another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!"
Program Length: 58:50


Bizet: Carmen Suite: Prelude
Los Romeros (Philips 412-609)


Fasch: Concerto in d minor
Konrad Ragossnig, guitar
Southwest German Chamber Orch.
Paul Angerer, conductor
(Vox 3022)

Pujol: Tres Piezas Rioplatenses
Victor Villadangos, guitar
(Naxos 8.555058)

Diabelli: Grand Sonata Brillante, op. 102
Leopolod Sarcino, guitar
Massimo Palumbo, fortepiano
(Nuova Era Records 7203)

Interview: John Williams:
"Well, it was a total surprise to me... ...It sounds amazing to some people, someone playing Chopin on the banjo, but itŐs actually lovely."

Chopin: Mazurka in f#
Bela Fleck, banjo
John Williams, guitar
(Sony Classical 89610)

Villadangos: Tucututa
Victor Villadangos, guitar
(Naxos 8.557658)


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