Troy King Saturday 28th February 2004

Troy King at the Greenwood Centre

That evening we had the pleasure of hearing a young American guitarist Troy King. In a program made up almost entirely of 20th century pieces, some familiar and others I had never heard before. His playing was clear and consistent carrying beautifully in the well-attended concert hall.

The concert kicked off with two of Abel Carlevaro’s Peludios Americanos; No 3 Campo gentle and meditating contrasted with No. 5 Tamboriles which was lively and percussive with an interest pizzicato passage in the base. The Torija and Turegango from Torroba’s Castles of Spain were another beautifully contrasting pair.

Switching to a French impressionist mood withThe L’Hommage d’un hommage by Gerald Garcia Troy King captured its rich harmonies and pronounced rhythm. This was in-fact homage to another homage to Claude Debussy by Manuel de Fella.

November Leaves by Gilbert Biberian was played with gusto befitting this flamboyant piece. King is in fact a acquaintance of Biberian and had visited during this visit to the UK. King then inserted a surprise item into the program, a favourite for all guitarists, the Spanish Ballad played as it should be with all the twists and twirls.

Four movements from Lauro’s Suite Venezolana completed the first half including the beautiful and tranquil Cancion followed by a lively Vals.

The second half commenced with Barrios’s Medalion Antiguo a lovely meditating piece. Then followed two concert studies by Radames Gnattai ; a Brazilian and contemporary to Villa Lobos. Indeed the pieces were very Villa Lobos like with a fast rhythmic movement followed by a slow dreamy movement then another fast movement. The 2nd piece entitled Dansa Brasileira was very exciting.

More South American music followed with Jorge Morel’s Sonatina which was written for David Russell. This was played with great feeling especially the Andante espressivo movement which was musical poetry.

The Roland Dyens arrangement of the French song L’Hymme a l’Amour by Edith Piaf/Marguerite Monnot enchanted us with its rich harmonies. This was followed by Dyens’s Tango in Skai with King’s playing capturing the dark humour of the piece.

For the encore Troy King played Nostalgia by Jorge Morel a romantic melodic piece with the great sensitivity and fluidity he had displayed throughout the evening.