Poster Guitarist Jason Vieaux
Guitarist Jason Vieaux
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Concierto de Aranjuez

Spanish composer and pianist Joaquin Rodrigo was blind from age three. He wrote his music in Braille, and his wife Victoria helped translate it to traditional notation. Remarkably, Rodrigo did not play the guitar…yet he wrote one of the world’s most iconic guitar concertos. On today's show, guitarist Jason Vieaux plays Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, backed by the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra and conductor Michael Butterman.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94bis Movement 2 Scherzo
James Ehnes, violin | Wendy Chen, piano
Album: The Essential James Ehnes
Analekta 2015

Louise Farrenc: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 32
ROCO | Michelle Merrill, conductor
St. John the Divine Church, Houston, TX

Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 Op. 28 in A minor
Daniela Liebman, piano
Beaches Fine Arts Series, St. Paul's By The Sea Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, FL

Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington, arr: Brian Smith: Caravan
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

Hour 2

Andrew York: Sunburst
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Album: Play
Azica 71287

Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Jason Vieaux, guitar | Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra | Michael Butterman, conductor
Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, Williamsburg Community Chapel, Williamsburg, VA

Franz Schubert: Quartet No. 12 (Quartettsatz), D 703
Joanna Maurer, violin | Louise Owen, violin | Michael Roth, viola | Peter Sanders, cello
Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, VT

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer: Sonata Quarta in D Major, from Sonatae Unarum Fidium
Carrie Krause, baroque violin | John Lenti, theorbo
Baroque Music Montana, Old Main Gallery, Bozeman, MT

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