Monday, October 04, 2010

More on guitartist Roland Dyens' program

Sensitive, highly imaginative, freely expressive, evocative, and soulful are apt words to describe the wonderful music we heard from guitarist Roland Dyens on Sunday afternoon. Several patrons asked me about work titles that M. Dyens announced from the stage. I don't have a complete list, but among the highlights I jotted down, we heard, before intermission, Dyens' original compositions entitled "G-sharp" (his favorite note) and "Los Angeles," plus his own arrangements of works by Albeniz (was it a tango?), Tchaikovsky ("Barcarole") and Chopin (a waltz) a very personal and attractive take on Django Reinhardt's "Nuages" ("Clouds") and some Villa-Lobos to close. After intermission, three pieces by Fernando Sor, four by Brazilian legend Pixinguinha (including the gorgeous "Rosa" Waltz, and "Lamento"), Afro-Brazilian music by Baden Powell (not to be confused with the founder of the Boy Scouts!), and, as a most satisfying encore, Roland Dyens' own composition, "Comme le jour" ("Like the Day"), an 18th-birthday present to his with tremendous heart. Bravo et merci, Roland!