August 13, 2000 |
Joaquin Rodrigo was hardly a musical radical. He founded no stylistic school, had no disciples and at the end of a long and productive life was regarded as something of a regressive cultural drag by younger Spanish composers. But he left an enduring popular legacy. It is founded on the guitar--solos, songs, chamber music and concertos, above all the "Concierto de Aranjuez."
May 13, 1986 |
Among the current crop of steel-fingered wonders, guitarist Manuel Barrueco is distinguished by his flair for transcribing. That was readily apparent in a nicely structured program offered Sunday evening at Royce Hall. The "Miller's Dance" from Falla's "Three-Cornered Hat" is a transcriber's staple, but Barrueco added three other dances from the ballet, and prefaced them with Rodrigo's homage to Falla, "Invocation et Danse."
March 9, 1996 |
Like most political and economic summits, the Guitar Summit promotes understanding and cooperation between very different and sometimes opposing camps. But unlike a lot of other summits, the four-man musical meeting of the minds scheduled to convene Sunday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre--with representatives from jazz, classical and blues-folk-rock factions--is expected to be music to our ears.
June 13, 1999 |
Who better to capitalize on the current interest in Cuban music than expatriate Barrueco, whose discography already includes strong performances of Leo Brouwer and Julian Orbon? But if you're looking for some of the energy and edge of the Buena Vista Social Club, understand that this disc favors the more subtly seductive side of the island's music, including wonderfully liquid and sly accounts of short works by Ernesto Lecuona, Brouwer, Carlos Farin~as and Enrique Urieta.
August 10, 2000
Music events covered in Mark Swed's roundup (Page 12). Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, Summer Serenade, Lucinda Carver, conductor (John Anson Ford Amphitheatre 2580 E. Cahuenga Blvd.,  461-3673). "Serenata notturna" (Mozart); Holberg Suite (Grieg); Overture and Entrance of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon (Handel); Serenade for Strings (Dvorak). Fri., 8 p.m. $22-$25. Los Angeles Philharmonic, Enrique Diemecke, conductor; Nicolai Lungansky, piano (Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave.
January 22, 1998
Even if you haven't scored a ticket to the Super Bowl, you can still get in the spirit at San Diego's Super Fest XXXII. The free entertainment festival in downtown's Gaslamp Quarter will include four outdoor stages with bands, magicians, jugglers, performing-arts groups, beer gardens and a children's venue featuring wild animal presentations by the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, and Sea World characters.