November 19, 2008 "Thanksgiving"
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This week's edition of Classical Guitar Alive! features music for Thanksgiving, and a 2007 interview with David Russell, who talks about his charitable organization which finances wells for drinking water in Africa.
The program begins with "recycled" music of Johann Sebastian Bach: We Thank Thee, Lord, We Thank Thee, from cantata #29 also exists in versions for solo lute, solo violin, and organ with orchestra. This arrangement features Christopher Parkening with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, led by Paul Shure.
One of early 19th Century Vienna's most celebrated virtuosos was Mauro Giuliani. Pepe Romero performs his Guitar Concerto #2 with the Acad. Of St. Martin In-The-Fields, Neville Marriner conducting.
Perhaps the oldest continuos musical tradition is the setting of Psalms to music. New York-based classical/jazz guitarist/lutenist performs his setting of Psalm 100, the Psalm of Thanksgiving, with flutist Jayna Nelson. Contemporary Brazilian composer/performer Paulo Bellinati wrote his Chuva e Mar, or Rain & Sea, as a musical depiction of a storm over the ocean. The piece is dedicated to another Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos.
From an interview recorded in April 2007, Grammy-winning guitarist David Russell speaks about his charitable organization that builds wells for drinking water in Africa. For more information, or to make a contribution toward this worthy cause, please visit: http://www.davidrussellguitar.com/NGO/
Closing the program is Ronald Ravenscroft/John & B.J. SutherlandŐs arrangement of the American hymn tune Simple Gifts, performed by Christopher Parkening.
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