Things are hotting up out at sea. The Australian violinist that I've been talking about is Ian Cooper, an excellent performer who composed a piece for 100 violins to play at the opening of the Sydney Olympics!
Robin and Ian have decided on two pieces that they will play tomorrow. The first is Vivaldi concerto in D major. This was originally written for lute, strings and continuo. Robin has played this piece many times and was impressed that Ian also knew it from memory. He plays the violin pizzicato whilst Robin is playing the solo bits on guitar, then with the bow during the orchestral parts. Robin was very excited about it and said it was a great sound with lots of energy.
The other piece they are playing is one of Robin's called 'Junkfunk', which is a samba. I've heard this piece done solo, duo and quartet, and I'm sure it will sound fantastic.
My only regret is that I won't be there to hear any of it. I'm sure the audience are in for an excellent evening.
'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman