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April 27, 2016 "15-37 Family Portraits, Mark Cruz, David Russell interviews"

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DT: April 27, 2016
Program ID# 16-17
Title: 16-17 Family Portraits, Mark Cruz, David Russell interviews
Feed date and time: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1300 ET
Total length: 58:33

In Cue: MUSIC IN "Hello and welcome to.."
Out Cue: MUSIC IN "...another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!"
Program Length: 58:33

Bizet: Prelude
Los Romeros (Philips 412-609)


Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Jorge Caballero, guitar (Tratore 9939931)

Brouwer: Catalan Portraits
Eduardo Fernandez, guitar
English Chamber Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth, cond. (Philips 438-769)

Mark Cruz: "Yeah, that piece is clearly just a family musical portrait... ...because I put my family first."

Mark Cruz: Family Portrait
Mark Cruz, guitar (MAC 2015)

David Russell: "I was born in Scotland. My family, both of my parents are artists, painters... ...I could have been a painter, it was certainly what my father wanted me to do. But it was more fun to play guitar."

Granados: La Maja de Goya
David Russell, guitar (Telarc 80576)



This week's edition of CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! is titled "Family Portraits", and features musical portraits of all kinds and a 2015 interview with guitarist-composer Mark Cruz, who talks about his piece "Family Portrait," and an interview with the Grammy-winning Scottish guitarist David Russell, who speaks about his early childhood, and traveling across Southern Europe with his parents, both artistic painters.

The program begins with excerpts from Peruvian super-virtuoso Jorge Caballero's 2015 recording of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition".

Leo Brouwer's two movement piece "Catalan Portraits" for guitar and chamber orchestra depicts two of Catalonia's greatest artists: composer Federico Mompou (1893-1987), and architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), and uses quotes from two Catalan folksongs: "El Mestre", (the teacher), "El Noi de la Mare" (The Son of the Mother).

In an interview recorded in August 2015, composer-guitarist Mark Cruz speaks about his piece "Family Portrait," which is a musical portrait of his own family.

In an October 2002 interview, David Russell tells of leaving Scotland at age 6 and traveling by van across Southern France and Spain with his parents, both artistic painters who favored works by impressionist painters, such as Van Gogh.

The program concludes with Enrique Granados' (1867-1916) music inspired by the subject of two of Francisco de Goya's (1746-1828) paintings, "La Maja", reputed to be the Duchess of Alba.


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