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Classical Guitar Alive! (Series)

Produced by Tony Morris

Most recent piece in this series:

18-50 Famous Performer-Composers, interviews: Sergio Assad, John Williams, and more

From Tony Morris | Part of the Classical Guitar Alive! series | 59:43


TO: All Stations

FR: Tony Morris

DT: December 12, 2018

RE: ***** CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! 18-50 Famous Performer-Composers, interviews: John Williams, Sergio Assad, and more


Total Length: 58:57


In Cue:  MUSIC IN  “Hello and welcome to…”

Out Cue: MUSIC IN “…another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!”



  Bizet:      Prelude                Los Romeros, guitars

                                               (Philips 412-609)


 Interview excerpt: Michael Nicolella: “ It all came from this germ of an idea…  … became the main theme of the subject.”


 Nicolella: Toccata and Fugue  Michael Nicolella, guitar

                                                 (Gale Recordings 05-004)


Interview excerpt: John Williams: “Having performed a lot of new music, I’m very aware of where composers sometimes fall down...”   “... it became a piece.”


Williams: Aeolian Suite      John Williams, guitar

                                           studio orchestra

                                           William Goodchild, cond.

                                           (Sony Classical 60586)


Interview excerpt: Sergio Assad: “I had several phases; the first was ...”   “... I’m trying to write a lot of chamber music now”


Assad: Gypsy Songs         Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin      

                                          Sergio and Odair Assad, guitars

                                           (Elektra Nonesuch 79505)


Interview excerpt: Roland Dyens: “The most important thing for me is to touch deeply the listener...” “...it’s impossible because I need both.”


Dyens: Variations on G#     Roland Dyens, guitar

                                            (live recording, Stetson University 1998)


Interview: Andrew York: “The piece Transilience I wrote while I was living in London…      … a lot of textural possibilities with guitar, flute, and cello.”


York: Transilience            Kim Perlak, guitar

                                         Yong Clark, flute

                                         Cathy Anderson, cello

                                            (YongKim&Cathy 2005)


Norge: Cancion de Cuna    Kaare Norge, guitar

                                           (EMI Classics 724382636724)




This week's edition of Classical Guitar Alive! is devoted to music by virtuoso performers who also composers, and features interviews with several leading virtuoso guitarist composers, including Michael Nicolella, John Williams, Sergio Assad, Roland Dyens (1955-2016).



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