About Dialogues

With the extraordinary combination of violin and guitar, Doris Orsan and Johannes Tonio Kreusch shed new light on famous masterpieces by Franz Schubert (Sonata “Arpeggione”) and Enrique Granados (“Danzas Españolas”). The Cuban composer Tulio Peramo and the Munich composer Nikolaus Brass will each be presented with a world premiere of their works dedicated to the duo.

From the booklet text:

At the time of Franz Schubert (1797–1828) the guitar was a popular chamber music instrument. Schubert himself is said to have mastered the guitar playing and was in favor of the plucked sound of the guitar, which is shown by the many song arrangements with guitar accompaniment that were published during his lifetime. In 1823 the Viennese violin and guitar maker Johann Georg Stauffer developed the “Guitarre D´Amour” as a cross between guitar and viola da gamba. The instrument called “Arpeggione” by Franz Schubert was a kind of guitar cello that was bowed with a bow, but was tuned and fretted like a six-string guitar. Franz Schubert received the inspiration for this guitar cello from the guitar and arpeggione player Vincenz Schuster, who also wrote a textbook for the arpeggione. It was also Schuster who premiered Schubert’s composition just a year after the invention of this instrument. However, the lovely sound of the arpeggione could not prevail for long. It was like the guitar, which after its initial popularity was sidelined in the second half of the 19th century – with the difference that the guitar was later able to pick up on its development again. When Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata was published posthumously in 1871, the instrument hardly existed in this form. In addition to a part for violoncello, a part for violin was added to the publication, which is also the basis for the recording here. With this sonata, Franz Schubert saved the arpeggione from being forgotten and contributed to the fact that people are dealing with this instrument again today.


Johannes Tonio Kreusch: guitar

Doris Orsan: violin


Franz Schubert: Sonata “Arpeggione” D.821
01: Allegro moderato
02: Adagio
03: Allegretto

Enrique Granados: 3 Danzas Espanolas
04: Andaluza
05: Oriental
06: Villanesca

Tulio Peramo Cabrera: Piezas para violin y guitarra
07: Preludio
08: Danza a tres
09: Habanereando
10: Crepuscular
11: Canción sin palabras
12: Zapateadero

Nikolaus Brass
13: Dia loghi d’amore VII

Further information and audio samples can be found at: www.galileomusic.de

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