Video Pick of the Week: Adam Cicchillitti Plays Joaquín Rodrigo’s Wonderful, Challenging ‘Toccata’

Earlier this month—July 6—marked the 20th anniversary of the death of the great Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. So, we thought we’d somewhat belatedly honor the occasion by presenting this recent video of the fine Canadian guitarist Adam Cicchillitti playing Rodrigo’s Toccata—written in 1933 (it was just the composer’s second work for guitar), but “lost” until it was found in the papers of its dedicatee, Regino Sainz de la Maza (who, of course, premiered and first recorded Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez) in the early 2000s. It was officially premiered in January 2006 by Marcin Dylla. Since then, it has become a very popular repertoire selection for guitarists who can handle its virtuosic requirements, as Cicchillitti does here in yet another outstanding video by Drew Henderson.  —Blair Jackson

Rodrigo (center) is flanked by his wife Victoria Kamhi (holding daughter Cecilia) and guitarist Regino Sáinz de La Maza. © Courtesy of the Fundación Victoria y Joaquín Rodrigo