Craig Ogden performed the world premiere of 'Concerto Magna Carta' a few months ago, and he has now recorded the slow movement from it on his chart-topping album 'Craig Ogden and Friends'.
'As a long time fan of Craig’s playing, I have always enjoyed the recordings he's made of my other works for guitar, and I love his open mindedness when it comes to music, which is why I am delighted that both the first performance and recording of the work are by him.
Having played guitar in rock bands for many years, it was probably inevitable than when I began composing in a classical idiom, I would naturally be attracted by the idea of writing a concerto for guitar and orchestra.
The work had a strange genesis. The energetic finale is based on a piece I composed for electric guitar, back in my rock band days, with the soothing slow movement coming next, and finally, I wrote the first movement – logical really!
Classic FM asked listeners to name my new concerto and I couldn't have chosen a better title than William Holding from Houghton le Spring, Co. Durham who suggested "Concerto Magna Carta"'.
You can read about the competition here: