This program includes favourites from the classical guitar repertoire by Bach, Villa Lobos and Houghton, as well works written in the last twelve months by two young composers, Szászi and Davies.
The Cello Suites by Bach, as well as the Preludes by Villa Lobos, will need little to no introduction to most classical guitar lovers. They are cornerstones of our repertoire for very good reasons, and it is always a pleasure and challenge to perform them.
The music of Houghton is also likely to be familiar to classical guitarists, and Stéle is a beautifully evocative work that has been performed all over the world for more than two decades.
The two works, by Davies and Szászi respectively, are both almost brand new, and I have been lucky enough to work with both of the composers on these works. Davies explores the idea of flow and continuity, while Szászi’s Hommage à Charles Bukowski starts with an innocent rondo theme, and ends with all six strings of the guitar tuned to E (!), with the piece and guitar almost falling apart.
The contrast between well known and completely new works is something I find very exciting and stimulating, and I’m really looking forward to presenting this programme.
J.S. Bach (1685–1750)
BWV 1010 Cello Suite No. 4
(Arranged for guitar by Jesse Flowers)
Olivia Davies (1988*)
Heitor Villa Lobos (1887–1959)
- Prelude 1 in E minor
- Prelude 3 in A minor
- Prelude 4 in E minor
- Prelude 2 in E Major
Szászi Petra (1997*)
Hommage à Charles Bukowski
Phillip Houghton (1954–2017)
- Bronze Apollo
Jesse Flowers been a prize winner at multi-instrumental competitions such as the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and the Prinzessin Margaret von Hessen Wettbewerb in Germany, as well as at international guitar competitions such as the Salzburg International Guitar Competition, and the Michele Pittaluga International Guitar Competition.
Highlights from recent concert seasons were solo performances at prestigious venues in the UK, such as the Wigmore Hall and Aldeburgh Festival, as well as the Musikverein in Vienna. In 2020 Jesse released his debut CD ‘Nachtstücke’ with the mezzo-soprano Julia Spies, under the up and coming young label PaschenRecords.
In 2021 he will look forward to his debut performance in Russia, at the Hermitage Theatre in St Petersburg, as well as solo and chamber recitals throughout Germany.,br>
Born in Sydney to an Australian-Chinese father and German mother, Jesse completed his Bachelor of Music at the Australian National University under Minh Le Hoang and Timothy Kain.
Since 2014 he has been based in Germany to further his studies, with Tilman Hoppstock in Darmstadt and Thomas Müller-Pering in Berlin. The late composer Phillip Houghton was an important mentor throughout his studies.
As of April 2020, Jesse is a member of the guitar faculty at the Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt in Germany.