Mertz: Fantasias for Solo Guitar

by Chiaramonte,Giuseppe
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Chiaramonte,Giuseppe Mertz: Fantasias for Solo Guitar
Chiaramonte,Giuseppe - Mertz: Fantasias for Solo Guitar
Chiaramonte,Giuseppe - Mertz: Fantasias for Solo Guitar

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Caspar Johann Mertz was born in Bratislava in 1809 at a time when the guitar was a celebrated instrument throughout the Habsburg Empire. By the time he became a musician himself, however, the guitar boom was over. The Russian nobleman Nicolai Petrovich Makarov (1800-1890) I wrote in his memoirs: 'Is the guitar lost forever?, I wondered. Can anything be done to spur them on to new musical meaning? Are no further technical improvements possible? Are the talented composers gone forever?' And in an attempt to prevent his prophecy from coming to fulfillment, he founded a guitar competition in Brussels in 1856, which was duly won by Mertz, a few months before his death, playing the Concertino which was his last composition. The impact of Makarov's competition remained low, and only in recent years has Mertz's name become more widely known, not least thanks to the evocative tone-poems which make up the 11-plus volumes of Bärdenklange Op.13. Released in 2014, the Brilliant Classics album by Graziano Salvoni was the most complete recording yet of Bärdenklange and enthusiastically received in the international guitar press. Giuseppe Chiaramonte has now produced an essential complement to it in terms of appreciating the music of a forgotten Romantic. He opens with the set of Three Pieces Op.65 which includes his best-known work, the Fantasie Hongroise. He continues with the less-familiar, soulful strains of the Pianto dell'Amante and similarly reflective works which anticipate with the guitar the kind of inward, contemplative writing for the piano with which Liszt much later became associated: La Rimembranza, Pensée Fugitive and Harmonie du soir all deserve much wider attention, not least for their rapt melodic beauty. Chiaramonte concludes this invaluable album with one of the operatic fantasias with which guitarist performer/composers earned their way around Europe in the 19th century: this one on Mozart's Don Giovanni.


CD 1


Nr. 1 Ungarische Fantasie (07:30) - Chiaramonte,Giuseppe


Nr. 2 Fantasie (08:48) - Chiaramonte,Giuseppe


Nr. 3 Le Gondolier (05:10) - Chiaramonte,Giuseppe


Pianto dell'Amante (06:12) - Chiaramonte,Giuseppe


La Rimembranza (08:28) - Chiaramonte,Giuseppe


Pensée Fugitive (10:04) - Chiaramonte,Giuseppe


Harmonie du soir (10:03) - Chiaramonte,Giuseppe


Fantasie über Motive aus Mozarts Oper Don Juan op. 28 (06:43) - Chiaramonte,Giuseppe

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15 March 2019
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0.142 x 0.125 x 0.01 m; 0.094 kg
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