St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Jonatan Bougt – classical and romantic guitar

Tuesday, 12 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Jonatan Bougt – classical and romantic guitar

M Giuliani

Theme and variations on a theme by Handel

A Barrios Mangoré 

La catedral

1) Preludio saudade

2) Andante religioso

3) Allegro solemne 

J S Bach

Lute Partita in C minor BWV997

 i. Prelude

ii. Fugue

J Turina

Sonata for Guitar, op. 61

  i. Allegro

 ii. Andante

iii. Allegro vivo

Variations on a theme by Handel, op. 107 - Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)

Mauro Giuliani was an Italian guitar virtuoso and composer with many compositions for the solo guitar and chamber music as well as orchestral works. His music was strongly influenced by Rossini and his playing often compared to Paganini. Some accounts even show the three performing together. On top of this, Giuliani was a fine cellist and was playing in the première of Beethoven's seventh symphony.

The Variations on a theme by Handel op. 107 is based on Handel's Suite in E major HWV 430, more commonly known as "The harmonious blacksmith". Following the theme, Giuliani introduces six variations and a short, but effective, finale.

La cathedral - Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)

Agustín Barrios Mangoré was a Paraguayan guitar virtuoso and composer. His music is late romantic and considered by many of the most well known guitarists of the 20th century to be some of the greatest. John Williams described Barrios: "As a guitarist/composer, Barrios is the best of the lot, regardless of era. His music is better formed, it's more poetic, it's more everything! And it's more of all those things in a timeless way." La catedral's two last movements were composed in 1921 - the prelude was later added, as the first movement, in 1939.

Lute Partita in C minor BWV997  -  J S Bach (1685-1750)

The Lute Partita in C minor BWV 997 is probably the least performed of the four lute suites. Bach never wrote any music specifically for the lute, but he was friends with the lutenist Sylvius Leopold Weiss and was thus rather fond of the instrument. There are drawings of an instrument called the lute harpsichord, which was supposed to imitate the plucked sound of the lute, and it could be assumed that this is the instrument Bach wrote the lute suites for. The only copy in lute tablature of the Lute Partita in C minor BWV 997 that we know of from Bach's time is a transcription made by the lutenist Johann Christian Weirauch (1694-1771). However, this manuscript only contains the Prelude, Sarabande and Gigue, leaving out the Fugue and the Double. Here I have chosen to play the first two movements in a not too unfamiliar way: Prelude and Fugue.

Sonata for Guitar op. 61 - Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)

Joaquín Turina was born in Seville but lived most of his life in Madrid. The Sonata for Guitar op. 61 was written in 1931, the same year he was appointed professor in composition at the Madrid Royal Conservatoire. The tonality is closely related to the flamenco and the final movement's use of rasgueados - a technique of strumming the strings by flicking the fingers back and forth in rapid movements - is a recognisable feature of this style. Turina only wrote five pieces for guitar, and letters between him and Andres Segovia shows that the latter had to convince the composer before attempting to write for the instrument.

Jonatan gained 1st Prize due to his "natural musicality, professionalism, focused stage presence and technical brilliance." - Young Talents Competition UIGF

"In the dramatic Toccata, Bougt impressed with great dexterity, quick shifts and sharp emotional flings." - Uppsala Nya Tidning

Swedish guitarist and theorbo player Jonatan Bougt graduated in July 2017 from the Royal College of Music in London with a first-class Bachelor of Music degree. He studies with Carlos Bonell and Chris Stell and played in masterclasses for Leo Brouwer, David Russel, Johannes Möller, Marvin Dylla to mention a few. Jonatan is the 2017 winner of the RCM Guitar Competition. Other noteworthy awards include the Jörgen Rörby Prize (2014) of the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society and 1st Prize in the Young Talents Competition of Uppsala International Guitar Festival (2013).

Jonatan has performed in venues such as the Amaryllis Flemming Concert Hall, the Britten Theatre, the Queen's Gallery and the Southbank Centre in London; Stockholm Concert Hall and Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Concert Hall in Sweden and Centro Cultural Justicia Federal, Rio de Janeiro. In April last year, Jonatan performed the UK premiere of Chaya Czernowin's 'White Wind Waiting' with the RCM Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Johannes Harneit. Within the past year, Jonatan's work as a continuo player has included performances of Handel's 'Acis and Galathea', 'Theodora' and Monteverdi's 'L'Orfeo'.

In 2012, he was awarded a scholarship by the City of Stockholm and the Music Conservatoire of Espirito Santo (FAMES) to give recitals with Bougt & Bergek Guitar Duo during the XIX Winter Music Festival of Domingos Martins and in Centro Cultural Justicia Federal, Rio de Janeiro. It also led to live performances on Brazilian TV - Gazeta. Other projects as a chamber musician include work with singers such as Tobias Bennsten and Peter Ekberg Pelz, and most recently his duo with RCM pianist Irena Radić, with whom he creates new and innovative arrangements for guitar and piano. The guitar and piano duo recently won the second prize in the chamber music competition at Twents Guitar Festival, Netherlands.

Prior to coming to London, Jonatan studied with Bo Hansson at Södra Latins Gymnasium's Professional Musician Programme. His studies there were supported by the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden and the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society. In September, Jonatan will begin his Master of Historical Performance as an RCM Scholar where he will study theorbo and archlute with Jakob Lindberg.

More info and concert diary: www.jonatanbougt.com 

Swedish guitarist and theorbo player Jonatan Bougt recently graduated with a First Class Honours from the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Carlos Bonell, Chris Stell and Jakob Lindberg. A multiple prize winner in the UK and abroad, noteworthy awards include the 1st Prize in the RCM Guitar Competition (2017), 1st Prize in the Jörgen Rörby Prize (2014) of the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society and the 1st Prize in the Young Talents Competition of Uppsala International Guitar Festival (2013). Jonatan has performed in venues such as the Stockholm Concert Hall and the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress Concert Hall in Sweden; Centro Cultural Justicia Federal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace and Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh. In September, Jonatan begins his Master of Historical Performance as an RCM Scholar where he will study theorbo and archlute with Jakob Lindberg.