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I believe an angel has descended upon a little church in Boston.

Last night I attended a classical guitar concert at the First Lutheran Church in Boston. It is a wonderful venue and it was an absolutely magnificent concert.

The house was full with around 300 people in attendance.

 

Let me just tell you a little bit about the concert and what you can expect something like this.

The night opened at 7:30 with a Prelude by the Boston Guitar Orchestra. They played several pieces and were very good. Then Ms. Vidovic came out, bowed and played a piece to warm things up. After that piece she bowed and introduced herself and said a little bit about being here in Boston. And she was wearing a beautiful salmon colored dress. She looked spectacular and with that and the music she played it felt to me like an angel had descended upon the church. It was a wonderful concert and the evening finished around 10pm with a set of encores and then she played a request (Recuerdos de la Alhambra).

About the Program

This is one of the things I love about the classical guitar - It has tremendous range and it all fits so very well. Ms. Vidovics selections ranged about 400 years from Bach to The Beatles. How can you not be amazed at what the guitar can express when you cross time and lines like that?

Here is the program:

Introduction and Variations on a Them by Mozart Opus 9 by Fermando Sor

Sonatina by Torroba ( Allegretto, Andante and Allegro)

Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios by Barrios

Granada and Asturias by Isaac Albeniz

INTERMISSION

Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV 998 by Bach

Yesterday - arranged by Toru Takemitsu

La Catedral by Barrios (Preludio Saudade, Andante Religioso and Allegro Solemne)

El Marabino by Antonio Lauro (Vals Benezolano No 2 and 3)

As a request "Recuerdos de la Alhambra"

 

My thoughts on the performance

It was terrific. A really great performance. The acoustics inside the church were really good and the music was clear and of a good volume. Ms. Vidovic's performance was excellent and of particular note was her Arpeggios, particularly in the Bach piece. I was almost shocked by how clean and clear the arpeggios were. It sounded as if she wasn't even touching the strings. That is wonderful touch.

And I loved the variety of music from Bach to the Beatles and of course the great Spanish composers. It was a well rounded program that gave us a good look at the range of the classical guitar.

Resources and more

The Concert was presented by the Boston Classical Guitar Society - Learn more about them here.

Ms. Vidovic Endorses:

 

Her Discography:

Mel Bay presents Ana Vidovic Guitar Artistry in Concert

Mel Bay presents Ana Vidovic Guitar Artistry in Concert (2009)

Guitarist, Ana Vidovic, takes us on a journey through the beautiful music of Spanish composer, Federico Moreno Torroba and Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. Ana also introduces us to Altiplanos , an interesting piece dedicated to Ingrid Betancourt written by a guitarist and composer Pierre Bensusan. There is also a hauntingly beautiful Farewell by Sergio Assad, Cavatina by Stanley Myers; the theme from the movie The Deer Hunter , three etudes by Heitor Villa Lobos. Rounding out the virtuoso performance is La Catedral , by eminent Paraguayan composer and guitarist, Agustin Barrios Mangore. This DVD also includes an inspiring interview with Ana in which she discusses her beginnings, life as a touring musician, her instrument, teaching and offers advice to aspiring young musicians. The gallery includes photos of Ana, her family and friends. Filmed in Studio A at the beautiful Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, this DVD makes a fine addition to any guitar enthusiasts collection.

 

Guitar Music 1 (2007)

 

Mel Bay presents Ana Vidovic: Guitar Virtuoso (DVD 2006)

A true musical prodigy, Ana Vidovic took up the guitar at the age of five and by thirteen was the youngest student in the history of the Musical Academy of Zagreb in her native Croatia. Ten years later, she has released five highly acclaimed CDs while winning an impressive roster of international awards, including top prizes at the Albert Augustine International Competition in England, the Fernando Sor Competition in Italy, and the Francisco Tarrega Competition in Spain. Ana tours widely, to the delight of audiences throughout the world, while continuing to hone her skills at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore under the direction of renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco.

Ana Vidovic is an extraordinary talent with formidable gifts taking her place amongst the elite guitarists of the world today. Her performance includes her favorite pieces by Bach, Torroba, Ponce, Paganini and Walton.

 

Croatian Prodigy (1999)

Recorded when Ana Vidovic was 15, this disc marks the debut recording of the internationally renowned
guitarist following her win at the first Albert Augustine Memorial International Guitar Competition.

 

Ana Vidovic Guitar Recital (1998)

Amazon has samples of this album that you can listen to right on the website. The compositions include Bach, Walton and Tarrega.

 

ALSO But difficult to obtain:

  • Ana Vidovic - Croatia Records (1994)
  • Ana Vidovic Gitara - Croatia Records (1996)
  • Ana Vidovic Live - Croatia Records (2001)

 


 

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