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Spanish Composers in Profile, The Spanish Hour, May 2021

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Sor, Montsalvatge, Ponce, Kraus

Host Candice Agree profiles the music and stories of four great composers of Hispanic descent.

5/3        Profile: Alfredo Kraus The great Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus in zarzuela and art song.

5/10      Profile: Manuel María Ponce Mexico’s finest artists are among those heard in this celebration of the genius of Mexico’s Manuel Ponce. Enjoy solo works for piano and guitar, as well as the acclaimed Concierto del Sur.

5/17      Profile: Xavier Montsalvatge A tribute to the 20th-century Catalan pianist, critic, and composer Xavier Montsalvatge, one of the so-called “lost generation” of Spanish composers.

5/24      Profile: Fernando Sor In the 19th century, the guitar had a bit of a bad reputation; an instrument heard at village fairs, easy to strum, meant for nothing more than to accompany popular songs; its future as a solo instrument to be applauded in concert halls not then entertained. On this edition of The Spanish Hour, we’ll hear works by Fernando Sor, the composer who changed all that by creating a virtuosic repertory for the guitar, earning him the sobriquet “The Beethoven of the Guitar.”

5/31      Los Maestros / Modern Masters Chamber works by Spanish composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, from Joaquín Turina, José Evangelista, and José-Luis Greco.