Johannes Monno Playing the Fugue from Bach’s BWV997

We’ve not had a video post for a little while so I thought today I’d share with you a clip I’ve had on heavy rotation this week.

I’ve been personally getting to grips with Bach’s Lute Suite in A Minor (BWV997) in recent times, with a particular focus on the sublime Fugue from that suite.

Last week the following video was brought to my attention (thanks Ben). It features the marvelous German guitarist Johannes Monno playing the Fugue from BWV997.  And in my opinion is pretty much a near perfect interpretation.  Of course this sort of judgment is highly subjective, but I just love Monno’s sense of musicality in this rendition. Just the right amount of push and pull – not too little that it’s unduly direct and sterile (which some Bach interpretations sometimes can suffer from) and not so much that it’s overly fussy.

Monno’s tone is absolutely gorgeous too and there are some fantastic right hand close-up shots showing us how he produces his stunning sound.

Watch, learn and enjoy!

Introducing Michael MacManus

Helloo dear readers!

Well, I have another “Introducing….” for you today. This time it’s the exceptionally talented Melburnian Michael MacManus. Michael is currently a Music Performance Honours student at Melbourne Conservatorium, studying under the great Antony Field and the 2012 winner of the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria’s Solo Guitar Competition.

I’ve had the immense pleasure of witnessing Michael’s development as a player over the last three or four years, and it was clear from the outset that he was a talented, and clearly hard-working, chap. In the last year or so, Michael’s playing has taken on a whole new level of….hmmm….how shall I say this…..awesomeness.

He posted up a video this week of him playing the Sarabande from Bach’s Second Cello Suite and I have to say I was blown away. Such sensitive and refined playing, yet with great expression. A very touching interpretation indeed. Simple and beautiful, as Bach should be.


Michael is also seriously dedicated to the classical guitar and its development, with his own growing group of young students of the instrument, and a committed member of the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria committee. He has taken charge of organising and putting together the 2013 CGSV Solo Guitar Competition, due to be held on 2nd November, with some seriously tasty prizes on offer attracting entrants from the far reaches of Australia and some seriously top notch judges for the competition too – the Grigoryan brothers no less!

If you want to know a bit more about the competition head here: And Michael is so dedicated, he’s already started work on the 2014 competition.

To find out a bit more about Michael, his playing and some more video and audio excerpts head on over to his website: