Daniel Bolshoy with the Borealis String Quartet

Monday, 13 August 2012 at 10:30am • Christ Church Cathedral

Performers Daniel Bolshoy, guitar; Patricia Shih, violin; Yuel Yawney, violin; Nikita Pogrebnoy, viola; Bo Peng, cello

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Introduced as the "poster boy" of this year's MusicFest, Daniel Bolshoy who heads the Guitar Department at both UBC and VSO schools of Music, came out smiling and in his friendly but teacherlike manner, introduced the first piece, Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 143 composed in 1950 by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968). This piece was dedicated to Spanish classical guitarist Andres Segovia who premiered the work with the Paganini Quartet in 1951.

This was a relatively long concert, with four movements, mostly allegro in mood. Following this was Tango by Michael Conway Baker (b. 1937) who wrote this piece for the Borealis String Quartet. Carlos Gardel's Por una cabeza followed, and then the more popular tunes by the younger Aaron Jay Kemis (b. 1960) , 100 Greatest Dance Hits commenting that this composition was "an affectionate tribute to popular music as I was growing up in New York City".

The finale was Luigi Boccherini's (1743-1805) Grave assai Fandango which he composed for a wealthy 19th century patron and guitarist, Mr. Marquis de Benavent.

This was an enjoyable morning concert, the first of the morning concerts of the festival.

© 2012 Ed Farolan