Gaulitanus end-of-season concert with guitarist Fabio Barbagallo
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A guitar recital featuring acclaimed Italian guitarist Fabio Barbagallo, has closed the Gaulitanus Choir’s season for 201/18/
The medieval St Cecilia Chapel, Ghajnsielem, was the venue for the recital, made available for the occasion by Wirt Ghawdex.
It was organised in collaboration with the Associazione Amici della Musica and the Solarino International Guitar Festival, and artistically directed by Gaulitanus Choir founder-director Colin Attard,
Gaulitanus said that the recital attracted a much larger audience than expected, with people filling all the space available and some having to listen for outside the chapel.
“The audience thoroughly enjoyed the recital and its varied repertoire, notwithstanding the very humid and hot temperature, which also made it very taxing for the performer,” Gaulitanus said.
The concert started off with a few short excerpts by renaissance composer Pietro Paulo Borrono da Milano. Composed, loosely, when the chapel itself was built, these provided a certain unique aura. A suite by baroque Czech master John Anton Logy was similarly very fitting.
Two works, originally composed for guitar, by romantic violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini provided a good contrast, as did the songs by contemporary French composer-guitarist Thierry Tisserand and three popular traditional Sicilian mazurkas transcribed for guitar.
The recital ended with a crescendo with a suite by well-known Argentinian composer-guitarist Maximo Diego Pujol.
Photograph by Elizabeth Bugeja