In the musical world of today we are all conversant with the sonatas of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms etc. However, several of the well-known composers who have written for the guitar, and whom we think of mainly as enhancing its folkloristic image, have also explored ways of using the classical Sonata Form in their works.
The famous guitarist Mauro Guiliani, a friend of Beethoven’s, is the composer of a beautiful sonata which is truly classical, and though the Spaniard Vicente Ascensio makes large use of his country’s folk music in the Suite Valencia, the movements are strongly influenced by the principles governing the sonata. The Sonatina by Moren-Torroba was one of the first (and is today one of the most famous) classical works in the guitar repertoire; Antonio Lauro from Venezuela has created a Sonata which is remarkable in its impressionistic colouring - and to choose between the 6 Sonatas of the Mexican composer Manuel M. Ponce is not at all easy.
A super hot day in Mexico. The sky without any clouds, the sun burns down on our skin. People, exhausted, are sitting on the stairs of the Pyramides. Exotix animals are roaming through the woods. It´s where we meet little Pepito…
The “Cuarteto Arcano” was founded in 2002, upon which followed studies in Madrid, the USA and the most important music colleges in Mexico. The quartet has also participated in master classes with such famous chamber music ensembles as the Trio Borodin, the Tokio Quartet and the Casals Quartet.
Having won first prizes in the international competitions in San Miguel Allende and the city of Morelia (Mexico), the Cuarteto Arcano has received invitations to concert tours in Spain, Holland, Japan and Mexico.
The quartet’s repertoire encompasses the complete spectrum of European classical music from baroque to modern and lays special emphasis on the music of Mexico and Latin America.
"Songs by Schubert, Garcia Lorca, Cordero and others"
with Béela Müller, Soprano
An entertaining and humorous programme: cheerful Italian arias by Rossini and Guiliani contrast with the melancholy of the fin-de-siècle songs by Reynaldo Hahn and Spanish emotions in the canciones of Cordero and de Falla.
Béela Müller: www.beelamueller.de
with Tere Frenk, piano