Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Sonata in E Minor, K.292 / L.24
Sonata in E Minor, K.32 / L.423
Sonata in E Minor, K.380 / L.23
Sonata in A Major, K.208 / L.238
Sonata in A Major, K.209 / L.428
Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849)
Le Fandango Varié, Op. 16
- Intermission -
Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948)
Fiesta (Allegro con brio)
Ignacio Cervantes (1847-1905)
El Velorio (The Wake)
La Celosa (The Jealous One)
Mensaje (A Message)
Adiós a Cuba (Farewell to Cuba)
Los Tres Golpes (The Three Knocks)
Joaquín Malats (1872-1912)
La Morena (Cubana)
Manuel Barrueco, guitar
Manuel Barrueco is internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time. His unique artistry has been continually described as that of a superb instrumentalist and a superior and elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts.
During three decades of concertizing, hee has appeared with such prestigious orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. In addition, he appears regularly with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and with San Francisco Performances.
His international tours have taken him to the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, Philharmonie in Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. In Asia he has completed a dozen tours of Japan and made repeated appearances in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, and Hong Kong. Barrueco's tours of Latin America have included performances in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Puerto Rico.
He has also performed as a guest soloist with the Russian State Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Auckland Symphony in New Zealand, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo (OSESP), in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the radio symphonies of Munich and Frankfurt.
Barrueco's commitment to contemporary music and to the expansion of the guitar repertoire has led him to collaborations with many distinguished composers such as Steven Stucky, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, Arvo Pärt, Jonathan Leshnoff, Gabriela Lena Frank, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, and Toru Takemitsu, whose last orchestral work Spectral Canticle was a double concerto written specifically for Manuel Barrueco and violinist Frank Peter Zimmerman.
Barrueco's recording catalogue includes over a dozen recordings for the EMI label. His recording of Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with conductor and tenor Plácido Domingo and the Philharmonia Orchestra was cited as the best recording of that piece in Classic CD Magazine. His Koch Classics release, Concierto Barroco, with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and conductor Víctor Pablo Pérez, received a Latin Grammy nomination for "Best Classical Recording." His early recordings, available on VOX, have become a classic amongst guitar recordings.
This past season he released two recordings: Medea, which includes Barrueco's arrangement of the ballet by flamenco guitarist/composer Manolo Sanlúcar recorded with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and Víctor Pablo Pérez conducting, and China West, a recording of guitar trios in collaboration with his protégés, the Beijing Guitar Duo (Meng Su & Yameng Wang).
Manuel Barrueco began playing the guitar at the age of eight, and he attended the Esteban Salas Conservatory in his native Cuba. He immigrated with his family to the United States in 1967, as political refugees. Later, he completed his advanced studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he now shares his love for music with a small number of exceptionally gifted young guitarists from all over the world.