Lunchtime Concert: NOVA Guitar Duo


Our monthly lunchtime concerts continue - presented with Live Music Now.

Nelly von Alven (6-string guitar)
Luiz Mantovani (8-string guitar)

Hailed as “a guitar ensemble of the finest grade” by the German newspaper Neue Westfälische, the NOVA Guitar Duo was formed when both of its members were studying at the Royal College of Music in London. Driven by the extended possibilities allowed by the unusual combination of the 6 and the 8-string guitar, also known as “Brahms-guitar”, the duo explores the extensive original guitar duo repertoire as well as their refreshing own arrangements of music originally written for other instruments and ensembles. A member of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live-Music-Now scheme, the NOVA Guitar Duo has performed in some of the finest UK venues and festivals, such as the London Guitar Festival in Kings Place, Wigmore Hall, Buxton Festival, St. John’s Smith Square and Royal Albert Hall. In 2017, they gave the UK premiere of French composer Germaine Tailleferre’s Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra at RCM’s Britten Theatre. Highlights of the current season include the release of their first CD with works by Mompou, Villa-Lobos and de Falla, as well as a New York debut concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall through the Pro Musicis Foundation.


Ferdinand Rebay (1880-1953)
Großes Duo für zwei Gitarren
  I. Sehr bewegtes Zeitmaß
  II. Variationen über Schuberts „Morgengruß“
  III. Frisch bewegt

Leo Brouwer (b.1939) from Beatlerianas
  She’s leaving home
  The fool on the hill
  Eleanor Rigby

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
  Suite from El amor brujo
  Introducción y Pantomima
  Danza del terror
  Romance del pescador
  A media noche: Los Sortilegios
  Danza ritual del fuego