Some more details about the concert.
We will start with the genius of J.S. Bach, moving into a little dalliance in the world of bordellos, cafes and nightclubs with Astor Piazolla, lyrical seduction with Mr Paganini and a tread along the dark edge of the abyss with Manuel de Falla. The Paganini of the guitar, Augustin Barrios Mangore, heralds the Guardian Angel of Biber's stunning passacaglia for solo violin (Franz Biber not Justin....) and the will o' the wisp of elusive love will be heard for a moment captured in the flamenco melismas of the Chanson du Feu Follet
The guitar, unlikely though it may seem at first glance, has been a partner for the violin for many years. Many great guitarists in the classical and romantic period had a following of admirers who were captivated by their seemingly unearthly ability. And many of them partnered great violinists on the stage.
The two instruments speak in different ways and yet weave together perfectly. Yehudi Menhuin once said that the violin was the closest an instrument could get to the human voice. I believe this to be true but the guitar approximates closely the voice used in poetry and rhetoric. In its subtleties of inflection it weaves a different spell that works brilliantly with the soaring quality of the violin. A match made in heaven or hell... who knows... but both instruments reach beyond the veil."