Souvenirs of Spain and Italy – Sharon Isbin, Pacifica Quartet

September 10, 2019, 9:00 am

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The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and multiple Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin join forces for an album of music for strings and guitar from the Baroque to the mid-20th century. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Quintet is a seldom-heard gem demanding virtuosity from every player. Isbin and the Pacifica play Emilio Pujol’s guitar arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D Major. Luigi Boccherini’s Quintet in D Major melds the emerging classical style of late 18th-century Vienna with hints of Spanish flamenco. Spanish composer Joaquín Turina’s La Oración del Torero evokes the fervor of a matador’s private prayer before entering the bullring.