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Introverts and Extroverts

Classical guitarist Sean Shibe reveals the secrets of his world, exploring the rich sounds of the guitar and its relatives in music from seven centuries.

In this first episode, Introverts and Extroverts, Sean presents composers and performers who revel in the introspective nature of the guitar and the lute, and also those who push at the limits, whether by creating new, magical techniques, finding challenges in the speed a guitarist can play at, or in creating music with pure volume at its heart.

Sean Shibe is a young, award-winning musician who’s changing the way people listen to the guitar. In this new six-part series he presents a personal choice of vibrant and varied pieces by composers from Spanish Renaissance masters to Steve Reich and Django Reinhardt, with performers including Julian Bream, Andrés Segovia, John Williams, Rolf Lislevand, Dolores Costoyas and Tilman Hoppstock. Sean will be discovering the characters of the extended guitar family, from the oud, lute and vihuela to the Brahms guitar, decachord and electric guitar, and he’ll express straight-talking views on players of the past and present who have helped shape his own unique approach to the art of guitar playing. With his guitar on his knee he'll also have the opportunity to show us what to listen for and what’s physically possible on the instrument.

Over the weeks we’ll hear Sean’s philosophical, intellectual and above all emotional take on the music he knows so well. He opens a door into a world that’s full of subtlety and contrast in its expression of culture and style. It’s a world that invites us in with all sorts of mesmeric and surprising sounds.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 2 Jun 2019 23:00

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Music Played

  • Gaspar Sanz


    Performer: John Williams.
  • Gaspar Sanz


    Performer: Enrike Solinís. Ensemble: Euskal Barrokensemble.
    • GLOSSA.
  • Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger

    Toccata Arpeggiata

    Performer: Rolf Lislevand.
    • ASTREE.
  • Toru Takemitsu

    A Piece for Guitar, 'For the Birthday of Sylvano Bussotti'

    Performer: Shin-Ichi Fukuda.
    • NAXOS.
  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    Concierto de Aranjuez - movement 1

    Performer: John Williams. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Louis Frémaux.
    • SONY.
  • Federico Mompou

    Cancons i danses - No.1 Quasi moderato/Allegro non troppo

    Music Arranger: Tadeu do Amaral. Ensemble: Brazilian Guitar Quartet.
    • DELOS.
  • Alberto Ginastera

    Sonata for guitar Op. 47

    Performer: Carlos Barbosa-Lima.
  • Anonymous

    Marcha turca

    Performer: Driss El Maloumi. Performer: Δημήτρης Ψώνης. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • William Walton

    5 Bagatelles - movement 5 Con slancio

    Performer: Sean Shibe.
  • Santiago de Murcia

    Canarios and Otros Canarios

    Performer: Rolf Lislevand. Ensemble: Ensemble Kapsberger.
    • ASTREE.
  • Francisco Tárrega

    Gran Vals (excerpt)

    Performer: Giulio Tampalini.
  • Francisco Tárrega

    Recuerdos de la Alhambra

    Performer: Narciso Yepes.
    • DG.
  • Tristan Murail


    Performer: Wiek Hijmans.
    • X-OR Record Company.