On Monday night the Valencia College Department of Music presented world-renowned classical guitarist Ana Vidovic. One of the youngest guitar virtuosos of international acclaim, Vidovic is known for her pristine renditions of the classical repertoire.
Vidovic’s appearance at the Performance Arts Center in the east campus was arguably the best Valencia has seen among visiting artists. The program included mainly Spanish pieces that showcased the performer’s skill and sensibility.
The versatile Sonatina by Federico Moreno Torroba allowed Vidovic to cover different tempos and musical qualities along the composition’s three movements. The fast-paced outer movements were brilliantly contrasted by the exploratory middle Andante. Vidovic’s harmonics – these nuances involve splitting the harmonic order of a certain string in half to sound a note an octave higher on a specific fret – were delicately executed and intimately emotional, despite the recital being amplified for Valencia’s 558-seat PAC.
Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios, by Barrios, features the tremolo style, in which the guitarist quickly alternates between notes in the upper register, giving the illusion of a continuous treble line. Her technique was clean and benefitted from subtle fluctuations in speed, as the phrases progressed and the performer worked up and down the fretboard with nimble fingers.
Following intermission, Bach’s BWV 998, showed Vidovic’s most technically accomplished side. The Fugue, interposed between a Prelude and an Allegro, gradually thickens in texture, as different versions of the main melody emerge one at a time, until an elaborate counterpoint is reached.
The program ended with the different harmonies – including chromatic slides and high-register assaults in the first movement – of Castelnuovo Tedesco’s Sonata in D, op. 77, and with three triple-time South American delicacies by Antonio Lauro.
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