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Peter Fletcher is a local classical guitarist who won the 1990 MTNA Wurlitzer Competition and since has pursued the usual path of hours of daily practice and master classes with a variety of virtuosi, including Christopher Parkening. This is his first CD, and engineer Donal Jones has done a fine job of capturing the nuances of his delicate instrument.

The CD is programmed like a 70-minute recital, starting with some attention-grabbing items, such as "Sunburst" by Atlanta-born Andrew York (of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) and audience favorites "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (Bach) and "All Creatures of Our God and King," whose origins go back to 1623. "Leyenda" by Albeniz is one standout.

Spaniards, of course, are here in abundance. Mudarra originally wrote for the vihuela in the 16th century, but Federico Mompou, a composer of whom Fletcher has made a special study, is much more recent. A prelude of his, written as part of a larger work in 1962 for Andre Segovia, is included. The second half of the CD explores a wide selection of pieces by 20th-century guitar writer Moreno Torroba. He ends with the ever-popular "Cavatina," from The Deer Hunter, written by Stanley Myers in conjunction with John Williams.

Fletcher's playing exhibits an impressive command of the considerable dynamic range which is possible with just one guitar, and the flow is uniformly effortless and occasionally breathtaking.

Peter Fletcher performs at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur Sun., April 1.


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