Mertz: Dances, Nocturnes and Etudes for Guitar

Mertz: Dances, Nocturnes and Etudes for Guitar
Composer Caspar Joseph Mertz
Artist Graziano Salvoni guitar
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94653
EAN code 5028421946535
Release June 2014

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Here’s another recording dedicated to the music of Caspar Joseph Mertz, the court guitarist of Empress Carolina Augusta whose performances became famous throughout Austria, Hungary and Germany during the 1800s, making him one of the most sought-after musicians in 19th-century Europe. Today he is best remembered for the successful Barden-Klänge (Bardic Sounds), the focus of 94773; here we have a chance to become acquainted with a great many other works he composed for six-string guitar.

A fertile melodic style prevails throughout, with the composer paying particular homage to the spirit of the Austrian people (VI Ländler), also evoking the spirit of Hungarian music in several works (including Verlands Blüthen – Originelle Ungarische). Dances abound, and the release also shows how Mertz devoted much of his career to educational studies, many of which are at least as interesting as his non-pedagogical works. (They include the short, original Übungsstücke from the Schule für die Gitarre – 15 short pieces that encompass an enthralling melodic style and which constitute a veritable cycle due to a clever matching of tones and styles.) With virtuosity never in short supply throughout the compilation, Italian guitarist Graziano Salvoni – who enjoys a busy schedule in his home country both as a soloist and with various chamber orchestras – delivers astute performances of these engaging works. He plays a Johann Anton Stauffer model – named after and made by one of the most important luthiers in central Europe, a contemporary of Mertz and whose instruments it is highly likely the composer-virtuoso himself regularly performed on.

Other information:
- Includes world premiere recordings.
- Joseph Caspar Mertz was one of the greatest guitar virtuosos of the 19th century, the appointed court guitarist of Empress Carolina Augusta and travelling virtuoso through Europe, on the scale of a 21st century pop star.
- His compositions are grouped in cycles of Bärden-Klänge (bardic sounds), evoking the role of ancient bards singing of sagas, legends and fairy tales. The individual pieces are Characterstücke, with titles such as Nachtviolen, Mazurkas, Ländler, Études, Nocturnes.
- Excellent performances on a 6-string historical “Stauffer” guitar by Graziano Salvoni, whose previous Mertz album was also released on Brilliant Classics.
- Booklet includes information on the composer, music, performer and the guitar used for the recording.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Verlands Blüthen, Originelle Ungarische, Op. 1: I. Andante maestoso
  2. Verlands Blüthen, Originelle Ungarische, Op. 1: II. Adagio patetico
  3. Verlands Blüthen, Originelle Ungarische, Op. 1: III. Allegro con fuoco
  4. Verlands Blüthen, Originelle Ungarische, Op. 1: IV. Adagio con dolore
  5. Verlands Blüthen, Originelle Ungarische, Op. 1: V. Allegro con spirito
  6. Nachtviolen, Eine Reihe origineller melodische Sätze, Op. 2: I. Andante espressivo
  7. Nachtviolen, Eine Reihe origineller melodische Sätze, Op. 2: II. Scherzo
  8. Nachtviolen, Eine Reihe origineller melodische Sätze, Op. 2: III. Adagio lamentoso
  9. Nachtviolen, Eine Reihe origineller melodische Sätze, Op. 2: IV. Rondino
  10. Nachtviolen, Eine Reihe origineller melodische Sätze, Op. 2: V. Allegretto giusto
  11. Zwey Polonaisen und Mazurka, Op. 3: I. Polonaise
  12. Zwey Polonaisen und Mazurka, Op. 3: II. Mazurka
  13. Zwey Polonaisen und Mazurka, Op. 3: III. Polonaise
  14. Zwey Polonaisen und Mazurka, Op. 3: IV. Mazurka
  15. Trois Nocturnes, Op. 4: I. Andante con moto
  16. Trois Nocturnes, Op. 4: II. Andantino – Allegro con brio
  17. Trois Nocturnes, Op. 4: III. Maestoso – Vivace
  18. Cyanen als Folge der Nachtviolen, Op. 5: I. Largo
  19. Cyanen als Folge der Nachtviolen, Op. 5: II. Marcia - Trio - Marcia
  20. Cyanen als Folge der Nachtviolen, Op. 5: III. Polacca
  21. VI Ländler Op. 9: I. Introduction
  22. VI Ländler Op. 9: II. Ländler No. 1
  23. VI Ländler Op. 9: III. Ländler No. 2
  24. VI Ländler Op. 9: IV. Ländler No. 3
  25. VI Ländler Op. 9: V. Ländler No. 4
  26. VI Ländler Op. 9: VI. Ländler No. 5
  27. VI Ländler Op. 9: VII. Ländler No. 6
  28. Introduction et Rondeau brillant, Op. 11: I. Introduction. Maestoso – Cantabile moderato
  29. Introduction et Rondeau brillant, Op. 11: II. Rondo. Allegretto

Disk 2

  1. Erinnerung an Ischl, 6 Ländler, Op. 12: I. Introduction
  2. Erinnerung an Ischl, 6 Ländler, Op. 12: II. Ländler No. 1
  3. Erinnerung an Ischl, 6 Ländler, Op. 12: III. Ländler No. 2
  4. Erinnerung an Ischl, 6 Ländler, Op. 12: IV. Ländler No. 3
  5. Erinnerung an Ischl, 6 Ländler, Op. 12: V. Ländler No. 4
  6. Erinnerung an Ischl, 6 Ländler, Op. 12: VI. Ländler No. 5
  7. Erinnerung an Ischl, 6 Ländler, Op. 12: VII. Ländler No. 6
  8. Übungsstücke: I. Übungsstück No. 1
  9. Übungsstücke: II. Übungsstück No. 2: Andante
  10. Übungsstücke: III. Übungsstück No. 3: Moderato
  11. Übungsstücke: IV. Übungsstück No. 4: Andantino
  12. Übungsstücke: V. Übungsstück No. 5: Moderato
  13. Übungsstücke: VI. Übungsstück No. 6: Andante
  14. Übungsstücke: VII. Übungsstück No. 7: Cantabile
  15. Übungsstücke: VIII. Übungsstück No. 8: Allegretto
  16. Übungsstücke: IX. Übungsstück No. 9: Romanze (Adagio)
  17. Übungsstücke: X. Übungsstück No. 10: Andantino
  18. Übungsstücke: XI. Übungsstück No. 11: Allegretto
  19. Übungsstücke: XII. Übungsstück No. 12: Moderato
  20. Übungsstücke: XIII. Übungsstück No. 13: Tempo di Marcia
  21. Übungsstücke: XIV. Übungsstück No. 14: Cantabile
  22. Übungsstücke: XV. Übungsstück No. 15: Allegretto
  23. Walzer im Ländlerstyl (Introduction - Walzer)
  24. Etüden: I. Etüde in G Major “1b” (Bojie 387)
  25. Etüden: II. Etüde in A Major “1c” (Bojie 387)
  26. Etüden: III. Etüde in D Major (Bojie 389)
  27. Etüden, Boijie 391: I. Etüde No. 1 in C Major
  28. Etüden, Boijie 391: II. No. 2 in C Major
  29. Etüden, Boijie 391: III. No. 3 in C Major
  30. Etüden, Boijie 391: IV. No. 4 in C Major (revision by G. Salvoni)
  31. Works published by Freie Vereinigung zum Förderung guter Guitarremusik: I. Andantino in G Major (Bojie 414)
  32. Works published by Freie Vereinigung zum Förderung guter Guitarremusik: II. Etüde in A Major (Bojie 390)
  33. Works published by Freie Vereinigung zum Förderung guter Guitarremusik: III. Präludium in D Major (Bojie 406)
  34. Original Steyer Tänze, Op. 33: I. Introduction
  35. Original Steyer Tänze, Op. 33: II. Tanz No. 1
  36. Original Steyer Tänze, Op. 33: III. Tanz No. 2
  37. Original Steyer Tänze, Op. 33: IV. Tanz No. 3
  38. Original Steyer Tänze, Op. 33: V. Tanz No. 4
  39. Manuscripts from the Bojie Collection: I. Adagio in D Minor (Bojie 387)
  40. Manuscripts from the Bojie Collection: II. Piece in A Major (Bojie 387)
  41. Manuscripts from the Bojie Collection: III. Moderato in C Major (Bojie 394)
  42. Manuscripts from the Bojie Collection: IV. Andantino in E Minor (Bojie 392)
  43. Manuscripts from the Bojie Collection: V. Moderato in C Major (Bojie 388)
  44. Walzer, Op. Posth.: I. Introduction
  45. Walzer, Op. Posth.: II. Walzer No.1
  46. Walzer, Op. Posth.: III. Walzer No.2
  47. Walzer, Op. Posth.: IV. Walzer No.3
  48. Walzer, Op. Posth.: V. Walzer No.4
  49. Walzer, Op. Posth.: VI. Walzer No.5
  50. Walzer, Op. Posth.: VII. Finale