Video Pick of the Week: Borbála Seres Plays John W. Duarte’s ‘Idylle Pour Ida’

Here’s a lovely piece that I hadn’t heard until it appeared on Cinzia Milani’s superb A Tribute Ida Presti album last fall: Idylle pour Ida Presti was written by the fine English composer/guitarist/scholar John W. Duarte (1919–2004), a friend of Presti’s, but written long after her death; it’s his Op. 93, published in 1982 (and available as sheet music). It has been recorded several times, perhaps most notably by Marcelo Kayath and Vladislav Bláha.


This excellent version comes from Hungarian guitarist Borbála Seres, who has enjoyed a very successful career in Europe for many years, winning or placing in numerous competitions, and concertizing in several countries.