Not everyone would think to pair Bach and Bartok, Cole Porter and Celtic Hornpipe, least of all in a solo performance for acoustic guitar. When it comes to music, though, Prag is an unapologetic anthropologist, taking in a bewildering medley of cultures and influences. Deftly handling the complex arrangements, he renders Irish folk songs richly emotional, explores crisp classical movements and closes this intimate set with a fiery and frankly brilliant flamenco. If at times he comes across as an affable music teacher, he nevertheless plays with passionate precision, intensely expressive even during the most effusive flurries of notes. Like the composers he admires, Prag draws on deep traditions and diverse styles to make exquisite, intricate music.
C too, 2 – 27 Aug (not 14), 1.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]