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LCGF: unique and classic guitars

From the 15th to the 18th December, the sounds of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American music will come together in London, with performances by guitarists from all over the world.


This is one of the most important events for this genre of music and in this year’s festival, the artists are big names, including Dimitris Dekavallas (Greece), Sanja Pihol (Slovenia), Cristoph Denoth (Switzerland) and Rebecca Baulch and David Black, both from England.

They have all formed a programme based on classic guitar chords, updated according to their own understanding of music, with the aim of bringing the audience closer to the origins of the instrument.

Albach Duo – made up of British guitarists Rebecca Baulchc and David Black – will be responsible for opening London Classical Guitar Festival 2012 (LGCF).

With their first record “The raw and the cooked” (2007), Albach Duo became one of the most well-known British guitar duos today, within their classic repertoire.

During the concert, the artists will leave songs from their own country to one side, to present a programme made up of Spanish and Argentine pieces, including some in the popular Tango style.

In addition, among other pieces, they will perform versions of “La Vida Breve” (Manuel de Falla), “Sonata K13|Sonata K162″ (Domenico Scarlatti), “Wild Mountain Thyme” (Traditional Scottish tune), “Lo que vendrá|Adiós Nonino” (Astor Piazzolla), “Milonga” (Jorge Cardoso), and many more.

On the following day, the 16th December, Duo Diez will perform, the group isformed by the Greek guitarist Dimitris Dekavallas and the Spanish violinist Violeta Barrena. They offer a varied and cosmopolitan repertoire, borne of their interests in Spanish and Latin American music. On their set list, they have included work by Celso Machado, Astor Piazzolla, Bella Bartok, Federico García Lorca and Manuel De Falla.

On the 17th December, LCGF will introduce the young Slovenian guitarists, Sanja Plohl, winner of the International Guitarist of Seville 2011.

His performance will feature songs from “Danseuse dans Grenade“, his first album. With Plohl, you enter a world of Spanish dance, the instrumental music of the Renaissance, folías (traditional dance from the Spanish coast), Spanish folk dance and contemporary works.

The musical journey is achieved through his understanding of music combined with a fresh perspective. This way, the popular melodies find a renewed expression.

On this occasion, Plohl has chosen work from Luis Narváez, Angelo Gilardino, Regino Sainz de la Maza and Manuel María.

The man charged with closing the festival is the Swiss guitarist Christoph Denoth, who recently has been named as a member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Denoth, considered one of the most important artists of the British scene today, has played in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Salzberg Mozarteum.

Now, he will come to Bolívar Hall to perform the works of John Dowland, Johann Sebastian Bach, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Turina and Isaac Albéniz.

The festival, organised by the Iberian and Latin American Music Society (Ilams), in collaboration with the embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and with the support of the International Guitar Festival of Seville, takes place from the 15th to the 18th December in Bolivar Hall in London. All concerts begin at 7.30pm.

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