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July 22, 2009 "Pictures and Portraits, David Russell "
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Tony MorrisKazuhito YamashitaDavid RussellEduardo Fernandez

This week’s edition of CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! is titled “Pictures and Portraits”, and features an interview with the great Scottish guitarist David Russell, who speaks about his early childhood, and traveling across Southern Europe with his parents, both artistic painters.

The program begins with Japanese super-virtuoso Kazuhito Yamashita’s stunning and controversial 1981 recording of his solo guitar arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. Leo Brouwer’s two movement piece “Catalan Portraits” for guitar and chamber orchestra depicts two of Catalonia’s greatest artists: composer Federico Mompou (1893-1987), and architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), and uses quotes from two Catalan folksongs: “El Mestre”, (the teacher), “El Noi de la Mare” (The Son of the Mother). In this interview recorded October 2002, David Russell tells of leaving Scotland at age 6 and traveling by van across Southern France and Spain with his parents, both artistic painters who favored works by impressionist painters, such as Van Gogh.

The program concludes with Enrique Granados’ (1867-1916) music inspired by the subject of two of Francisco de Goya’s (1746-1828) paintings, “La Maja”, reputed to be the Duchess of Alba.

Public Radio Satellite System uplink:
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 1300 Eastern Time digital stereo channel: A68.1

Program ID# 09-D65-00029
Title: Pictures and Portraits, David Russell interview

In Cue: MUSIC IN "Hello and welcome to.."
Out Cue: MUSIC IN "...another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!"
Program Length: 58:57


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


Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Kazuhito Yamashita, guitar
RCA LP 4203

Brouwer: Catalan Portraits
Eduardo Fernandez, guitar
English Chamber Orchestra
Phillips 438-769

Interview with David Russell: “I was born in Scotland. My family, both of my parents are artists, painters... I could have been a painter, it was certainly waht my father wanted me to do. But it was more fun to play guitar.”

Granados: La Mala de Goya
David Russell, guitar
Telarc 80576


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