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A little bit of Paraguay, quite a bit of Spain, and before the night was through – an unexpected bit of Liverpool.

It all made up some of the rich and vivacious two hour programme of guitar duo – the Katona Twins, at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre recently.

Things started with a duet – Boccherini’s Introduction and Fandango.  It was intensely Spanish possessing a castanet-like beat.  Later came Paraguayan composer Barrios’ Vals No 3, a wistful and whimsical solo and perhaps my favourite piece of the night.   Then some story telling got going – through words and music, with Falla’s El Amor Brujo – a tale of ghostly jealous love it seems; Rodrigo’s Invocacion Y Danza; and The Brothers Karamazov – a darkly dramatic piece by Peter Katona himself.

Along the way, a mix of duets and solos kept up the pace together with a quirky combination of the classical and contemporary.

Albeniz’s Cordoba, a charmed and charming number, was almost the end but – rather than returning to a Spanish theme for the encore – a brief tribute to the Beatles rounded off the enthralling concert.

See: Katona Twins

© Laura Claire H 2014

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