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Posted on: November 30th 2017

Classical Guitar Recital by Resident Guitarist

Ian Kelleher guitar performance

On Thursday 23rd November, our resident classical guitar teacher, Ian Kelleher, delighted us with a short recital of guitar music. The Memorial Hall is an ideal venue for the guitar, as its natural resonance and warm reverberation enhances and enriches the sound of this string instrument. Ian Presented a varied selection of pieces that showcased repertoire and playing styles from different countries and continents.

The first few works were all by the contemporary Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, who throughout his career has written extensively for the guitar. Ian was able to perfectly recreate the atmosphere and style of these South American songs and dances, particularly in the “Tres Temas Populares Cubanos”. The classical guitar repertoire is full of transcriptions and arrangements and the next two compositions were adapted from piano pieces by the eccentric French composer Eric Satie. The Gymnopedie No.1 and Gnossienne No.1 were played with beautiful tonal control and Ian was able to infuse the later piece with a flamenco air that perfectly matched the exotic harmonies of the music.

Closing the recital was a group of well-known musical gems by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Ian’s laid-back sense of rubato coupled with his languorous melodic delivery brought these Preludes and Choros to life and transported the audience closer to its Amazonian origins.

You can listen to Ian’s performance of the Prelude No. 3 below:

Many thanks to Ian Kelleher for his delightful recital!

Iago Núñez