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Johannes Moller - 2010 Winner Guitar Foundation Of America Competition

Album Summary

>Barrios-Mangoré, Agustin : Un Sueño en la Floresta, for guitar
>Craeyvanger, Karel A. : Introduction and Variations on a Theme from Der Freischütz, for guitar
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Estudios (12), etudes for guitar, A. 235
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Guitar Concerto, A. 501
>Gougeon, Denis : Lamento-Scherzo for guitar
>Regondi, Giulio : Reverie (Nocturne pour la Guitarre), op. 19
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Sonata for guitar
>Moller, Johannes [Guitar] : Poem to a Distant Fire, for guitar
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Notes & Reviews:

The musical selection on this disc is a fascinating compound of romanticism, modernism and the expressive sensibilities of contemporary composers, including Swedish guitarist Johannes Möller himself. He has captivated audiences throughout the world with charismatic and soulful performances. His ability to communicate a musical message to listeners of any cultural background, age or level of musical experience has brought him an international career and numerous prestigious prizes.

MusicWeb International
When I reviewed Johannes Möller's debut recital some years ago I felt that he was already very advanced. With the new disc he establishes himself among the front-runners. What characterises his playing is that his formidable technique never becomes an end in itself. He is a true musician.

Minor 7th
While every aspect of this disc, from tone production to repertoire selection is truly superb, what struck me most was the depth in Möller's musical interpretations. Throughout the recording he delivers every note and every phrase with striking focus and levity. His overarching musical statement is so immaculately constructed, dimensionally complex, and carefully delivered that it's nothing short of profound. The recording concludes appropriately, with one of Möller's own compositions; a haunting, reflective, and vaguely turbulent work that reveals a window into Möller's brilliant musical mind. Having now experienced Möller's work on disc, I look forward with great anticipation to attending one of his live performances.

American Record Guide
This recording is one of the most musical and expressive programs I've heard.

MusicWeb International
The recorded sound is superb, as could only be expected when Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver are in charge in their regular venue St John Chrysostom Church in Ontario. Graham Wade's liner-notes positively bristle over with valuable information, some of which I have passed on to the readers. We are only halfway through 2011 when I write this but I don't expect to hear a better guitar disc during the remaining months. A must for every guitar aficionado!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (11/04/2010-11/07/2010).



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>Barrios-Mangoré, Agustin : Un Sueño en la Floresta, for guitar
  • Performer: Johannes Moller (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1920-1940

>Craeyvanger, Karel A. : Introduction and Variations on a Theme from Der Freischütz, for guitar
  • Performer: Johannes Moller (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Estudios (12), etudes for guitar, A. 235
  • Performer: Johannes Moller (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Guitar Concerto, A. 501
  • Performer: Johannes Moller (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1951.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1951

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Estudios (12), etudes for guitar, A. 235
  • Performer: Johannes Moller (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Gougeon, Denis : Lamento-Scherzo for guitar
  • Performer: Johannes Moller (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Regondi, Giulio : Reverie (Nocturne pour la Guitarre), op. 19
  • Performer: Johannes Moller (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Sonata for guitar
  • Performer: Johannes Moller (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Moller, Johannes [Guitar] : Poem to a Distant Fire, for guitar
  • Performer: Johannes Moller (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary