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Velvet Touch / Ulrich Wedemeier, guitar

Album Summary

>Nuske, John Abraham : Fantasia on "God Save the King", for guitar
>Giuliani, Mauro : Variations on a theme by Handel ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), for guitar in A major, Op. 107
>Pratten, Catharina : Caprice, for guitar
>Pratten, Catharina : Fantasia on Malbrook, for guitar
>Pratten, Catharina : Twilight, for guitar
>Pratten, Catharina : Weber's Last Waltz, for guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Fantasia on motives of "Lucia" by R. Sidney Praten, for guitar
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Ulrich Wedemeier plays guitars once belonging to Catharina Pratten (1824-1895), who was one of the most important artists among the English, especially among the London guitar scene. She taught over 1600 pupils during her lifetime, and even at an advanced age she could still delight audiences with her concerts and compositions.

Catharina Josepha Pelzer, so her maiden name, was born at Mülheim am Rhein in 1824. Her father, who promoted her as a child prodigy, brought her to London when she was just five years old, and already a year later she appeared there in the King's Theatre. In the years that followed, she established herself internationally as a guitar wunderkind. At the age of seventeen, she began a career as the leading guitar teacher in London. Princess Louise, Queen Victoria's daughter, later numbered among her most prominent pupils. She began to compose, and at the age of thirty she married the famous flutist Robert Sidney Pratten. From that time onward, she called herself Madame Sidney Pratten. Her husband died already after fourteen years of marriage; this event appears to have temporarily put an end to her brisk concert and teaching activities. Three years later, at the age of forty-seven, she again appeared on stage with Mauro Giuliani's Third Concerto, among other things, and ten years later she concertized with guitar virtuoso and composer Francesco Tárrega in London. She gave her last concert at the age of sixty-nine in London's Steinway Hall. Catharina Pratten died in 1895 at the age of seventy. Her oeuvre encompasses some two hundred compositions and three guitar methods. However, soulful works tailor-made for the guitar with all the guitaristic tricks and effects were her strong point.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Wedermeier wants to celebrate Pratten and her musical world, so he plays her instrument, with gut strings, and without nails as she did. And he plays her repertory, with both her compositions and works that she was known to play. In his informative notes, Wedermeier describes the first piece, John Abraham Nuske's Fantasia on God Save the King, thus: "The astonishing compositional quality of these imaginative variations makes Nuske one of the great guitar composers of the 19th Century." Wedermeier plays this stuff well. He's expressive and tasteful and brings off the nailless gut string sound without sounding dull and thin. I'd like to hear him in better music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stephansstift, Hannover, Germany (06/20/2011-06/22/2011).



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Works Details

>John Abraham Nüske : Fantasia on "God Save the King", for guitar
  • Performer: Ulrich Wedemeier (Guitar)
  • Notes: Stephansstift, Hannover, Germany (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 10 sec.

>Giuliani, Mauro : Variations on a theme by Handel ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), for guitar in A major, Op. 107
  • Performer: Ulrich Wedemeier (Guitar)
  • Notes: Stephansstift, Hannover, Germany (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Pratten, Catharina : Caprice, for guitar
  • Performer: Ulrich Wedemeier (Guitar)
  • Notes: Stephansstift, Hannover, Germany (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Pratten, Catharina : Fantasia on Malbrook, for guitar
  • Performer: Ulrich Wedemeier (Guitar)
  • Notes: Stephansstift, Hannover, Germany (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Pratten, Catharina : Twilight, for guitar
  • Performer: Ulrich Wedemeier (Guitar)
  • Notes: Stephansstift, Hannover, Germany (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Pratten, Catharina : Weber's Last Waltz, for guitar
  • Performer: Ulrich Wedemeier (Guitar)
  • Notes: Stephansstift, Hannover, Germany (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Fantasia on motives of "Lucia" by R. Sidney Praten, for guitar
  • Performer: Ulrich Wedemeier (Guitar)
  • Notes: Stephansstift, Hannover, Germany (06/20/2011-06/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic