Tina Karen Lo And The Armadillo String Quartet City Hall Concert Hall, September 5 It is a rare treat to hear a recital by Hong Kong's best-known classical guitarist, Tina Karen Lo. The first half of this well-attended concert was devoted to solo guitar works. The programme started with a short fantasia written by John Dowland, England's famous lutenist of the late 16th century. The guitar is an intimate instrument with a limited dynamic range, but this piece could have been played with more expression and freedom. The following set of pieces by the eccentric South American composer Agustin Barrios Mangore were played with more bravura. Lo captured the improvisatory nature of the Prelude in G-Minor well. The spirit of the light-hearted Waltz Brilliante was a little understated, but the Paraguayan rhythms and melodies of The Danza Paraguaya were projected with style. The final solo guitar work, Rossiniana No 1, Opus 19 by 19th century Italian virtuoso Mauro Giuliani, consisted of variations on operatic arias from Rossini. Essentially melodic and virtuosic, this piece demonstrated Lo's technical skills and her warm tone was well-contoured. After the interval Lo was joined by the Armadillo String Quartet from Los Angeles for Boccherini's Quintet in E-Minor G 451. Boccherini's quintets are a mixture of classical elegance and Spanish panache. A few other 18th-century composers wrote for this medium, but Boccherini's works are unique and surprisingly enjoyable. The guitar plays more or less throughout and its accompanying role adds a richness and resonance to the texture. The interchange of melodies between the strings and guitar were well controlled in the first two movements while the rather awkward tonality, mute and pulse changes in the final allegretto were handled with dexterity. The encore piece, a fandango from another of Boccherini's Quintets, was well received.