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Andalusian Sketches on The Spanish Hour, January 2022

Guitarist Pepe Romero
Guitarist Pepe Romero

Honored by kings, heads of state, and major institutions, guitarist Pepe Romero says that his most important contribution has been reaching the common man. We'll hear him on The Spanish Hour, Jan 10th @ 10pm.

1/3 Mexico’s Chávez, Jiménez Mabarak, and Rolón Melodic contemporary classics from three icons of the classical music of mid-20th century Mexico. Chamber, orchestral, and ballet music by three icons of 20th century Mexican Classical music: José Rolón, Carlos Chávez, and Carlos Jiménez Mabarak.

1/10 Andalusian Sketches Works for piano and voice and piano by Enrique Granados are performed by Brazilian guitarist Turibio Santos in his own transcriptions and those of Miguel Llobet. Later in the program, Pepe Romero is joined by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducting the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Sevilla in Lorenzo Palomo's Nocturnos de Andalucía, commissioned by Mr. Romero

1/17 Film Music of Silvestre Revuetas No discussion of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema would be complete without talking about composer Silvestre Revueltas. We’ll hear selections from some of his great scores for great films, including his most famous work, “La Noche de los Mayas.”

1/24 Spain à la Russe This week, we’ll test the premise of Mikhail Glinka’s statement, “A nation creates music – the composer only arranges it” with works by Russian composers inspired by Spain and its melodies. On this week’s program, we travel some 2200 miles east from Madrid to Moscow, to hear how Russian composers, including Glinka, were inspired to try to capture through music, the essence of Spain.

1/31 Dances from the Spanish Empire This week's program focuses on the cross-pollination of musical ideas music from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries between Spain and two of its former colonies: Cuba, a Spanish possession for almost 400 years, and the Philippines, a viceroyalty from the mid-16th to early 19th centuries. Habaneras, malagueñas. guajiras, valses, and danzas performed live in concert by the Manila-born American pianist Charisse Baldoria.

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