A sampling of the program:
Schubert - Piano Sonata in B-flat, D 960 (arr.)
Morricone - Cinema Paradiso
Castelnuovo-Tedesco - The well-tempered guitars, op. 199 (sel.)
You may know Izhar Elias from the 2016 Kings Day Concert when he was featured live on television with Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. Izhar Elias is one of the most versatile Dutch guitarists. Just as easily he takes you more to the world of early music with his baroque guitar and then brings to life sizzling Spain with the modern guitar. What he finds so appealing about the guitar? "It is such a sensitive instrument, the sound touched me immediately. Moreover, the instrument is flexible in all kinds of styles. Just like the piano, you can play the melody and the accompaniment simultaneously, and it is also a very rhythmic instrument. All these characteristics can be heard in this duo program with Fernando Cordas.
Izhar Elias on Fernando Cordas :
"Fernando turned out to be as much a lover of the nineteenth-century guitar as I am. Moreover, Fernando always thinks and plays from the music and never from the technique. Our basic attitude is the same. From that, a beautiful friendship has also developed."
(Read the interview with Izhar Elias.)
In 2010, Fernando Cordas made his definitive breakthrough when he replaced world-renowned guitarist Pepe Romero in a performance of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. Since then, he has played with all the major orchestras. Fernando Cordas is also enthusiastically researching the history of the guitar in the nineteenth century. Since September 2014, Cordas has been a teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.
Youtube tipListen to guitarist Izhar Elias as soloist with the Adagio from "Concierto de Aranjuez" by Joaquin Rodrigo.
Morricone Ennio Morricone Cinema Paradiso Schubert Nino Rota duo Gitaarduo gitaar Edesche Gitaarrecitals Spontini Ouverture La Vestale The Godfather