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Franz Schubert: Arpeggione

Schubert / Romberg / Schiker / Legnani
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Emec (Editorial De Musica Espanola)   Catalog #: 81   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertBernhard RombergAntoine SchikerLuigi Legnani,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jones & Maruri Cello-Guitar Duo
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 54 Mins. 

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ARPEGGIONE—Original Compositions for Cello and Guitar Jones & Maruri Cello-Guitar Duo EMEC 1081/1114 (2 CDs: 113: 40)


SCHUBERT Arpeggione Sonata (arr. A. Maruri). B. ROMBERG Divertimento, op.46. SCHIKER Variations for Cello and Guitar. LEGNANI Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Introduction and Variations concertantes for Cello and Guitar. Potpourri concertant. BOBROWICZ Souvenir de la Pologne. GATAYES Duo for Guitar and Cello on “D’un bouquet de romarin”


In 1990 British cellist Michael Jones and Spanish guitarist Agustín Maruri formed their cello and guitar duo. Since then, they have unearthed a great deal of historical repertoire for their instruments and played it in concerts around the world. The original arpeggione was a six-stringed musical instrument, fretted and tuned like a guitar, but bowed like a cello. Created by Viennese guitar maker Johann Georg Stauffer (1778–1853), the shape of the arpeggione was more like a medieval fiddle than either the guitar or cello. For a short time around 1823 it enjoyed popularity and Franz Schubert wrote a sonata for it, which you can hear on this disc. Unfortunately, the work was not published in Schubert’s lifetime, and when it finally was, the instrument had fallen into obscurity. Since the arpeggione was a combination of cello and guitar, the Jones and Maruri Cello-Guitar Duo play it on their individual instruments. It is a perfect piece for them because of its catchy melody and toe-tapping rhythms. Jones and Maruri are accustomed to matching the volume of the cello with the guitar, so that the sound of the latter is never overpowered. It’s not an easy task but they accomplish it gracefully, and the result is very pleasant listening. German cellist Bernhard Romberg (1767–1841) was a composer and musical innovator. Romberg wrote his divertimento for the numerous home musicians of the late-18th and early-19th centuries. The final piece on the first CD is the charming set of variations by Antoine Schiker. He lived from 1790 to 1850 and published this work in Vienna in 1806. Otherwise, we know little about him except that he probably was a master guitarist. Here another master, Agustín Maruri, plays it to enchant 21st-century listeners.


The Introduction and Concert Variations for Cello and Guitar by Luigi Legnani (1790–1877) opens with a long-lined melody similar to those of Vincenzo Bellini. With it, Michael Jones shows his ability to play extended bel canto -type legato phrases. Jones and Maruri have played together for many years and on this recording they seem to breathe as one. They anticipate each other’s moves as they make delightful music together. Jan Nepomucen Bobrowicz (1805–1881) describes his Souvenir of Poland as a potpourri that includes a fiery Allegro , a slow movement, an Allegretto for the anniversary of Poland’s constitution, an Andantino describing a Lithuanian girl, another Allegretto , and Polish variations. Despite all its references to Poland, Bobrowicz’s music bears marked similarities to Western European music of his time. Guillaume Gatayes (1774–1846) called his duo for cello and guitar From a Bouquet of Rosemary , and its musical fragrance makes an excellent finale for this enchanting two-disc set. All of these unfamiliar works are worthy of being heard in today’s chamber music concerts. Both the playing and the sound on these discs are first class. I recommend the set to everyone interested in newly unearthed 19th-century music for guitar and cello.


FANFARE: Maria Nockin
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jones & Maruri Cello-Guitar Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Sala Capitular of the Real Basílica de S 
Length: 12 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Divertimento for cello & guitar by Bernhard Romberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jones & Maruri Cello-Guitar Duo
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Sala Capitular of the Real Basílica de S 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Variations (10) for cello & guitar by Antoine Schiker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jones & Maruri Cello-Guitar Duo
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Sala Capitular of the Real Basílica de S 
Length: 20 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Potpourri Concertant, for cello & guitar by Luigi Legnani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jones & Maruri Cello-Guitar Duo
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Sala Capitular of the Real Basílica de S 
Length: 16 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5.
Souvenir de la Pologne, grand potpourri for cello & guitar by Jan Nepomucen Bobrowicz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jones & Maruri Cello-Guitar Duo
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Sala Capitular of the Real Basílica de S 
Length: 14 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6.
Introduction et Variations Concertants, for cello & guitar by Luigi Legnani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jones & Maruri Cello-Guitar Duo
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Sala Capitular of the Real Basílica de S 
Length: 15 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7.
Introduction and Duos (2) on the air "D'un bouquet de romarin" for cello & guitar by Guillaume P. A. Gatayes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jones & Maruri Cello-Guitar Duo
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2013 
Venue:  Sala Capitular of the Real Basílica de S 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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