BBC Singers and Sean Shibe
Banishing those post-Christmas winter blues with a little Latino sunshine, the BBC Singers join forces with Radio 3 New Generation Artist Sean Shibe for a programme of music for voices and guitar from warmer climes. Romantic love is the starting-point for the first half of the concert: poetry from the Biblical Song of Solomon set by the Brazilian Almeida Prado, alongside Cuban love songs by Leo Brouwer, and words by Mexian Octavio Paz, set to music by Eric Whitacre. After the interval, Manuel de Falla's musical reminiscence of the island of Mallorca, a new work by young British composer Daniel Saleeb, and a sequence of gypsy songs by Castelnuovo-Tedesco to poems by the great Spanish poet Garcia Lorca.
Completing the programme, Sean Shibe plays a sonata by Antonio José – a remarkably talented composer who was killed aged just 33 in the Spanish Civil War, and some of the fiendishly virtuosic Etudes for guitar by the Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos.