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Johann Kaspar Mertz: Le Romantique - Works for guitar / Raphaella Smits, guitar

Album Summary

>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Harmonie du Soir (Grande Fantaisie), for guitar
>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : La Romantique, for guitar, WoO
>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Tarantelle, for guitar (from Bardenklänge), Op. 13 /19
>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Introduction et Rondo Brillant, for guitar
>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Schubert Lieder (6), for guitar
>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Le Carnaval de Venise, for guitar, Op. 6
>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Le Gondolier, for guitar, Op. 65/3
>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Pianto dell'amante, for guitar
>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : La Rimembranza, for guitar
>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Souvenir de Choulhoff, for guitar
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856) was a Hungarian guitarist and composer. He lived and worked in Vienna, which had been home to various prominent figures of the guitar, including Diabelli and Giuliani. Mertz's compositions, unlike that of most of his contemporaries, followed the pianistic models of Chopin, Schubert and Schumann. On this recording, Raphaëlla Smits performs the grand fantasias Harmonie du soir and Le Romantique, alongside several other works, including Mertz's transcriptions of six Schubert Lieder. Smits plays two historic French instruments as well as an eight-stringed guitar by John Gilbert.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Raphaella Smits is not such a player. Now, to be sure, she delivers fine and tasteful performances. She does keep something of a handle on sprawling monsters like 'Harmonies du Soir' and 'Le Romantique'. And her playing of the works from Bardenklange, such as 'Tarantelle' in either the solo or duo versions (she gives us both) is quite fine.



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Works Details

>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Harmonie du Soir (Grande Fantaisie), for guitar
  • Performer: Raphaëlla Smits (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : La Romantique, for guitar, WoO
  • Performer: Raphaëlla Smits (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Tarantelle, for guitar (from Bardenklänge), Op. 13 /19
  • Performer: Raphaëlla Smits (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Introduction et Rondo Brillant, for guitar
  • Performer: Raphaëlla Smits (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Schubert Lieder (6), for guitar
  • Performer: Raphaëlla Smits (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Le Carnaval de Venise, for guitar, Op. 6
  • Performer: Raphaëlla Smits (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Le Gondolier, for guitar, Op. 65/3
  • Performer: Raphaëlla Smits (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Pianto dell'amante, for guitar
  • Performer: Raphaëlla Smits (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : La Rimembranza, for guitar
  • Performer: Raphaëlla Smits (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mertz, Johann Kaspar : Souvenir de Choulhoff, for guitar
  • Performer: Raphaëlla Smits (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic