Spanish-born Pablo Sáinz-Villegas is one of the most sought-after classical guitarists on the international scene. Shortly after the release of his solo album Americano the American music magazine Billboard hailed him as the “global ambassador of the Spanish guitar”. For his recital at the Prague Spring festival Sáinz-Villegas has chosen the best from the oeuvre of the great Spanish masters.
Date of EventMonday, 25. 5. 2020 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 21.40
Event placeNational Technical Museum
Price400 - 900 CZK Sold out
- Enrique Granados: Dos danzas españolas op. 37
- : Asturias (Leyenda) from Suite española Op. 47
- Isaac Albéniz: Sevilla
- Isaak Albéniz: Torre Bermeja (Piezas características) Op. 92
- Ángel Barrios: Sin estrella y sin cielo
- Ángel Barrios: Vieja canción granadina
- Ángel Barrios: Tango zapateado
- Enrique Granados: Danza española no. 10 (Melancólica) op. 37
- Gerónimo Gimenez : La boda de Luis Alonso (intermedio)
- Enrique Granados: Valses poéticos op. 43
- Joaquín Rodrigo: Invocación y danza (Homenaje a Manuel de Falla)
- Isaac Albéniz: Mallorca (Barcarola) Op. 202
- Pablo Sáinz-Villegas - guitar
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Spanish-born Pablo Sáinz-Villegas is one of the most sought-after classical guitarists on the international scene. Shortly after the release of his solo album Americano the American music magazine Billboard hailed him as the “global ambassador of the Spanish guitar”. Since his debut with the New York Philharmonic he has appeared in more than forty countries with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. His performances have been heard by audiences in Carnegie Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Viennese Musikverein. The New York Times raved about his “virtuosic playing characterised by irresistible exuberance”, and music critics regard him as the successor to Andrés Segovia (1893-1987), one of the finest classical guitarists of the 20th century.
His exceptional qualities are sought by a number of leading artists who invite him to perform with them, such as celebrated opera singer Plácido Domingo, with whom he recorded the CD Volver in 2018, featuring Spanish and Latin-American songs.
A tireless propagator of the guitar repertoire, Villegas presents contemporary works at his concerts in addition to traditional pieces; he also performed the premiere of Rounds, the first composition for guitar written by multiple Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.
For his recital at the Prague Spring festival Villegas has chosen the best from the oeuvre of the great Spanish masters, one of whom is Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909). It is interesting to note that, while this important composer is regarded as the founder of Spanish national music, he never wrote any work for the guitar (although he took the guitar as his instrumental model in piano compositions inspired by Andalusian folk music). Many of Albéniz’s works were transcribed for guitar by his friend Francisco Tárrega and the latter’s pupil Miguel Llobet. Albéniz was familiar with these transcriptions and he approved them, yet he might be surprised to learn that some of them have become more famous than their piano originals.