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Brigitte Zaczek
Romantic Guitar

Track Listings

K. J. MERTZ (1806-1856): Bardenklänge op.13 (Vienna, 1847)  
1. Liebeslied 
2. Scherzo 
3. An Malvina 
4. Tarantelle 
5. Elegie 

N. COSTE (1805-1883)
6. Valse Favorite op. 46           
7. Grande Sérénade (Paris 1856) 

F. SCHUBERT / K. J. MERTZ
8. Ständchen (Vienna, 1854)     

J. STRAUSS / K. J. MERTZ
9. Annenpolka (Vienna, 1856)   

Instruments: F. Roudhlof, Paris ca 1820 (1, 3, 5)
N. G. Riess, Wien ca 1840 (6, 7, 8, 9)
B. Le Jeune, Lyon ca 1840 (2, 4) 

Booklet Essay by Alfred Komarek.

"I first heard Brigitte forty years ago when she played during a televised Segovia master class.  Her performance of Bach impressed everyone, including Segovia himself. I, for one, have never forgotten it.  Brigitte uses three different historic guitars in this recording, each of which has distinctly different sound characteristics employed for the appropriate pieces; an eight-string 1840 Viennese instrument by Ries, a Paris 1830 Roudhlof, and an 1840 Lyon Le Jeuene.  There are five original compositions by Mertz and two of his arrangements of Schubert and Strauss.  Coste pieces are the Valse Favorite and the five-movement 1856 Grande Sérénade.  For the person whose primary interests are period music on historic instruments, it sets the standard.  The playing is sensitive, stylish, spontaneous and musically appropriate.  The phrases really breathe in a way that is unfortunately rare among guitarists.  One can almost imagine they are listening to a singer instead.  The recording itself is well made; it presents the tone of each guitar with extreme clarity and natural ambiance." - John McCormick, earlyromanticguitar.com

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