Saturday March 17, 2018
Knox Presbyterian Church (3704 37th St SW)
Fabio Zanon, one of the most respected guitarists of today, has a new CD released, ” The Romantic Guitar”.
Fabio Zanon is one of the most celebrated artists in the exciting classical guitar international circuit. His latest recording, “The Romantic Guitar”, has just been released by GuitarCoop. It is his first release for this new label.
Fabio Zanon has celebrated his 50th birthday with concerts all over the world. He has sought to give a new direction to his recording career starting a partnership with the digital platform/recording company GuitarCoop.
The title is as far as it can be from worn-out Romantic guitar ditties. The recording in fact brings to light a treasure of fine works from the first half of the 19th Century, either originally composed or arranged for the guitar. Fabio’s chosen repertoire explores the intersection between arrangements of works by the great masters of this period – Schumann, Mendelssohn and Liszt – and those original works by the not-so-well-known guitarist-composers of the same era – Regondi, Bobrowicz, Coste and Mertz. Bobrowicz’s Grande Polonaise and Schumann and Liszt transcriptions are released as first world recordings.
Fabio explain his challenge is “to preserve a bold orchestral playing style, full of colour and contrast, something that has been looked at with some suspition by guitarists in recent years”.
Widely regarded as one of the top Brazilian classical artists, Zanon says he is “glad to work with a platform where I can have total freedom to choose what I can do best, and where the public can have universal access to the recordings through high-quality download at the webpage”.
Fabio Zanon has played, in the last few months, launching concerts in London, Moscow, Milan, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bogotá, Panamá and at major guitar festivals like the GFA – Guitar Foundation of America – in Denver, Uppsala and Montevideo.
He is a unique artist who has sought to widen the boundaries of the guitar; he is probably the only guitarist who regularly plays concerts as a guitarist/conductor and has changed the perception of the guitar as an author, conductor, radio presenter, and teacher, as well as as the Artistic Director of the Campos do Jordão Winter Festival, the major classical music festival in South America. He came to international prominence in 1996 when he was the first-prize winner of both top international competitions on both sides of the Atlantic, the GFA festival in the USA and the Tarrega Competition in Spain.
Fabio keeps a busy concert schedule in three continents and has played in theatres like Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, KKL in Lucerne, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Master Guitarra Alicante in Spain.
He has been the recipient of the Bravo! And Carlos Gomes Awards in Brazil and has received excellent reviews for his previous recordings in magazines like Gramophone, BBC Music, Diapason and FonoForum.