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by James Flood, Daniel Hathaway & Mike Telin

The three-day event formerly known as Classical Guitar Weekend was relaunched as the Cleveland International Guitar Festival this year. Running from Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the festival included masterclasses, lectures, workshops and exhibitions — and five recitals by world-class artists. ClevelandClassical correspondents covered four of the five performances. Their reviews appear below. (We were unable to attend Saturday evening’s performance by SoloDuo.)

Petra Polácková by James Flood

POLACKOVA-PetraCzech guitarist Petra Polácková took the stage for the festival’s opening recital on Friday evening, May 30, with her 8-string Romantic period guitar, a replica by Jan Tulacek of an 1840 instrument by the Viennese builder N.G. Ries. The instrument’s appearance, with two extra strings placed conspicuously well above the guitar neck, along with its unique body shape, would catch the attention of even a complete newcomer to the classical guitar. But the sound was what was even more striking. The smaller body lessened the lower end frequencies, but the instrument had a beguilingly sweet sound. And the character of the guitar fit the character of the performance. Read the rest of this entry »


by Mike Telin

POLACKOVA-Petra“I’m very excited about the recital,” said guitarist Petra Poláčková. “It is my debut at the Festival and my first time in the United States.” On Friday, May 30 beginning at 8:00 pm in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival presents the Czech guitarist in a recital featuring Dowland’s Preludium, Lacrimae Antiquae and Semper Dowland Semper Dolens; Mertz’s Bardenklänge, op. 13 and Elegie; Giulani’s Rossiniana V, op. 123; Ponce’s Sonata III (1927); and Turina’s Sevillana (Fantasia) op. 29.

“I like to play music from different eras on one concert,” the engaging Poláčková told us via Skype. “First, I think it’s nice for the audience because they can choose which piece they like the most. Second, I especially like Baroque, Renaissance and Romantic music so I always build programs around those styles. I also like to include something sad and something sweet.”

Why did Poláčková choose this program for her debut recital? “I perform on a Romantic guitar so at least half of the pieces are from the Romantic era. I can also play Baroque or Renaissance music on the instrument because it has eight strings, so it works very well for pieces that were originally written for the lute.” Read the rest of this entry »

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