Le Romantique – 5 centuries of romantic music on the 8-string guitar
In the romantic period, artists turned away from logical structures towards a subjective perception of the world, giving expression to dark passions and irrational emotions. In music, this shift manifested itself in a broader melodic range, intricate harmonies and greater rhythmical flexibility, in guitar music in the common use of 7 and 8-stringed instruments.
While these attributes are trademarks of 19th century music, all epochs knew prominent composers who used them for their great expressive effect. Even though the term “romantic” is generally applied to the 19th century, all epochs have had their „romantic“ tendencies.
This is what I wanted to illustrate with the works I selected for this album.
It begins with a personal homage to the French and Viennese music of the 19th century. The title refers to “viennoiseries” („things of Vienna“ in french) which are pastries such as the croissant that, ironically enough, the Viennese call french.
Total playing time: 69’31”.
Produced by Uros Baric.
Upon the release the album will also be available on::
1. Damien Lancelle (b. 1985): Viennoiserie
John Dowland (1563-1626):
2. Fancy, P.5
3. Fantasia, P.71
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Preludio, Fuga e Allegro BWV998
7. Giulio Regondi (1822-1872): Rêverie
Enrique Granados (1867-1916):
8 valses poeticos
9. I. Melodioso
10. II. Tempo de Valse noble
11. III. Tempo de Valse lente
12. IV. Allegro umoristico
13. V. Allegretto
14. VI. Quasi ad libitum
15. VII. Vivo
16. VIII. Presto
Mark Delpriora (b. 1959):
19. III. Hommage à Janacek
20. Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856):