Better Call Duo (14/03/2024)

Named after the popular Netflix series “Better Call Saul”, Chieko Hata and Stefano Palamidessi entertained us with a themed recital entitled Meaningful Pop. This programme of 20th century repertoire was performed on the Bristol leg of their tour of Italy, the UK and Japan which returned to Radio Vatican in May.

It was hard to believe that they have only been performing together as a duo for only a few years. Their beautifully crafted phrasing and understanding of each others playing produced seamless performances of the various works.
Their programme of compositions by Shingo Fuji (Rhapsody Japan), Pierre Petit (Toccata), Roland Dyens (Comme des grands), Isaac Albeniz (Evocacion & Cordoba) and Mario Gangi (Suite Italiana) was chosen to illustrate their concept of popular sources merging into the classical musical language.

The duo exhibited a beauty of sound and richness of tone while at the same time emphasising the phrasing and depth of polyphony. This together with their dynamic power created a perfect fusion of the two guitars.

They completed their generous programme to much acclaim with an exquisite performance of Stanley Myers Cavatina.

Better call duo – Classic guitar
Meaningful Pop on Spotify