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Baroque Moments: Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Franck & Hassler / Amadeus Guitar Duo: Dale Kavanagh, Thomas Kirchhoff

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Chaconne and Variations (21) for Harpsichord in G major, HWV 435
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
>Franck, César : Prélude, fugue, et variations, for organ in B minor, Op. 18, M. 30
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7)
>Hassler, Hans Leo : Mein G'müt ist mir verwirret
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

J.S. Bach’s Italian Concerto and monumental Chaconne (heard here in the Ferruccio Busoni’s famous transcription) form the cornerstones of this disc of Baroque favorites performed on two guitars by the Amadeus Guitar Duo. A typically festive Vivaldi opening precedes a sublime Sarabande-like middle movement before a virtuosic, dramatic and entertaining ending. One of Vivaldi’s most-played compositions, and best known today in its version for guitar and string orchestra, this duo guitar arrangement is the work of Frank Gerstmeier. Franck’s Prélude, Fugue et Variation, a work inspired by the organ transcriptions of J.S. Bach, illustrates further how adept the Amadeus Guitar Duo is at reinventing these popular pieces for its own medium. Recent celebrants of 25 years together, the Amadeus Guitar Duo – Canadian Dale Kavanagh and her German partner Thomas Kirchhoff – are today regarded as one of the pre-eminent international guitar duos, receiving enthusiastic reviews from critics worldwide. The Amadeus Guitar Duo has to date performed over 1,300 concerts all over the world, and are renowned for their exuberant temperament, virtuoso performance, sensitive interpretations and warm guitar tone.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Another delightful recital by the Amadeus Duo, Dale Kavenagh and Thomas Kirkhoff. The opening Handel Chaconne in G is the one Presti and Lagoya did back in the day - and I must say, I still prefer that classic recording for the sheer beauty and range of tone, which that great duo was known for. Amadeus is quiet fine, and even share many of the P-L tempo choices, so I'm quite happy with their performance, especially their sparkling ornamentation, even nicer than P-L.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auferstehungskirche, Dahlsen (06/18/2004-06/21/2004).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Chaconne and Variations (21) for Harpsichord in G major, HWV 435
  • Ensemble: Amadeus Guitar Duo
  • Notes: Auferstehungskirche, Dahlsen (06/18/2004-06/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705-1717

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93
  • Ensemble: Amadeus Guitar Duo
  • Notes: Auferstehungskirche, Dahlsen (06/18/2004-06/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
  • Ensemble: Amadeus Guitar Duo
  • Notes: Auferstehungskirche, Dahlsen (06/18/2004-06/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Franck, César : Prélude, fugue, et variations, for organ in B minor, Op. 18, M. 30
  • Ensemble: Amadeus Guitar Duo
  • Notes: Auferstehungskirche, Dahlsen (06/18/2004-06/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7)
  • Ensemble: Amadeus Guitar Duo
  • Notes: Auferstehungskirche, Dahlsen (06/18/2004-06/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Hassler, Hans Leo : Mein G'müt ist mir verwirret
  • Ensemble: Amadeus Guitar Duo
  • Notes: Auferstehungskirche, Dahlsen (06/18/2004-06/21/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance