West Sussex Guitar Club

Charity No. 1124762

Patrons: Gary Ryan & Fabio Zanon

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Graham Devine

Posted by admin on January 15, 2004

Just as Graham Devine played first few bars on his guitar it was obvious we were listening to a very special player. His programme opened with several sonatas by Scarlatti.

They were well chosen, tastefully arranged and played with real panache. Graham continued with the Spanish theme by playing several well-known pieces: La Maja de Goya by Granados and two contrasting pieces by Albeniz - Capriccio Catalan and the flamboyant Torre Bermeja. It is more difficult to hold the attention of the audience, particularly an experienced one such as ours, by performing so familiar a repertoire, but our performer was so totally convincing that we all listened motionlessly, being totally transported by the playing of this wonderful artist!

He continued with Sonata Giocoso by Rodrigo, but offered to play a short Tango de la Casada Infiel to set the mood. It was an excellent idea: the abrasive harmonies of the Tango and its "severe" rhythm tuned our minds in to the modern idiom of Rodrigo's masterpiece.

The second half started with a rarely performed suite by Maximo Pujol Elegia por la Muerte de un Tanguero. Here again one could only admire Graham's passionate character, supreme technique and his good taste in modern music. This was followed by returning to traditional harmony with three pieces by Tarrega's pupil - Emilio Pujol, - the beautiful Barcarolle, Tango and engaging Guajira - full of amazing pizzicatos and harmonics which came from under the player's fingers with great accuracy. Graham concluded his recital with two works by Brazilian composers: the nostalgic Water and Wine by Gismonti where the gently rocking melody filled the heart with a sweet sadness. Finally, he played one of the most demanding works in the modern guitar repertoire the Appassionata by Rinaldo Miranda.

I am certain most of our audience are looking forward to his return to the Club's stage.

Sasha Levtov