flute and guitar -
'... reflective and purposeful ...'
Hill of Slane takes its name from a historic Northern Ireland location, where the artists involved here have apparently felt an aura of mystique and arcane spirituality.
Similarly it moved (Metropolitan Opera Guild) Opera News contributor and sometime composer, Arlo McKinnon, to write the six-minute title track, Hill of Slane (1990).
Other than that, the Irish connection has little bearing on this concert. Wife and husband duo, (flutist) Kathleen McDonald and Pasquale Bianculli (guitar) begin their programme with music of Johann Sebastian Bach and C P E Bach, the second surviving son from the elder Bach's first marriage.
The remaining music is by three disparate composers: Carlo Domeniconi (born 1947), an Italian guitarist and composer, best known for his work in Berlin and Istanbul; Frederic Hand (born 1947), a 1996 Emmy award winner, Grammy nominee, guitarist, composer, and teacher at the State University of New York (Purchase), Mannes College of Music and Bennington College; and English born (1955), Australian domiciled (from 1962) composer and guitarist, Richard Charlton...
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Masterton, New Zealand
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