programme expected soon
Luigi Legnani (1790-1877)
Fantasia Op 19
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
from Sonata No 3 in A minor, BWV 1003
Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948)
Sonata III (1927)
2 Cancion, Andante
3 Allegro non troppo
William Walton (1902-1983)
Concert at Home
Our first find this week is a recording of French
guitarist and teacher Thomas Viloteau practising Legnani's Fantasia. You get to see every move here,
a great way to appreciate the techniques involved:
Arsen Asanov is the guitar-player in this recording of the Fugue movement of Bach's Sonata No 3 in A minor. The unusual setting is near the Cathedral of the Annunciation, Kharkov, in North Eastern Ukraine.
We will hear only the second and third movements at the concert, but the link below will take you to a complete performance of Manuel Ponce's Sonata III:
Our last pick for this week is a complete performance of Walton's Walton Bagatelles:
If other commitments prevent you coming to the concert, we hope you enjoy your "Concert at Home".
Click on the link on the right to hear recordings from Francisco Correa's website ►►►
Guitarist Francisco Correa was born in Colombia in 1981. After obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree in Bogotá in 2003, he continued to pursue the study of the guitar in France and in Spain, completing his first Master’s degree in guitar performance at the Scola Luthier in Barcelona. He is currently studying for a second Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Music where he will graduate this summer.
A prize winner in many classical guitar competitions in Colombia, he has also been awarded the "Médaille d’Or", as well as the "Prix de Perfectionnement" from the Conservatoire de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and d´Aulnay-sous-Bois both in France where Francisco studied with Judicael Perroy.
Francisco has performed many concertos with orchestra, both in England and Colombia, and has appeared on Colombian radio and television as a soloist performing the Aranjuez Concerto with the Bogota Philharmonic under the direction of Irwin Hofman. He is a regular recital soloist, and is often invited abroad to perform in festivals (most recently in Mexico, France, and Colombia).
As well as his solo career, Francisco is an enthusiastic chamber musician: he has recently set up a flute and guitar duo called Alba Duo with flautist and Music on Thursdays regular Samantha Pearce, (see www.albaduo.com). He also has performed on an ad-hoc basis in England, France and Colombia with his wife, flautist Emily Andrews, and at the Royal Academy of Music with multiple prize-winning Belgian soprano Charlotte Schoetters, and Spanish soprano Lorena Paz.
Francisco's passion for folk music inspired him to tour Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Czech Republic and Poland as a multi-instrumentalist with the folk ballet of Tundama in 2011, as well as Scotland in July 2014 with "Familia Correa", a Colombian folk music group he has formed with his father (guitar and voice) and his wife (flute, violin and voice).
Fluent in three languages, Francisco is an experienced guitar teacher having taught in schools in Bogota and Paris and currently he is guitar teacher at Woodside Academy in Walthamstow. For more information please visit:
Fluorescent orange shirt shouts loud,
belies the melancholic melody
which gently whispers, soft and wistfully,
coaxed by nimble fingers' plectrum sound.
Sitting on the new-found comfy stool,
adjustable in height, with padded seat
of black and sombre leather domes, he feeds
music to our ears, in heartache mood.
Interspersed with sequences fast-tripped,
and unexpected abrupt “wake-up” chord
to end a movement, he plays heavenward;
great variety, composers picked.
Encore follows programme deep immersed
in present moment's focus. With him here
his wife in Spanish sings a plaintive air –
duet with the strings in joy is heard.
Peter Horsfield 10/5/2015