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Johann Kaspar Mertz: Guitar Duets

Johannes Möller, Laura Fraticelli

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Bardenklange, Op. 13 (version for 2 Guitars) (excerpts)  
1
Unruhe (Restlessness)
Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
2:45
Nänien Trauerlieder (Funeral Laments)  
2
No. 1. Am Grabe der Geliebten (At the Grave of his Beloved)
Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
4:59
3
No. 2. Ich Denke Dein (I Remember You)
Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
5:36
4
No. 3. Trauermarsch (Funeral March)
Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
3:57
5
Mazurka, Op. 40 (version for 2 Guitars)
Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
3:14
6
Ständchen (Serenade)
Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
5:58
7
Wasserfahrt am Traunsee (Boat Trip on the Traunsee) (arr. for 2 Guitars)
Anonymous; Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
5:24
8
Grande Fantaisie Concertante, "La Rage" (The Rage)
Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
6:53
9
Vespergang (Going to Vespers) (version for 2 Guitars)
Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
3:41
10
Barcarolle, Op. 41 (version for 2 Guitars)
Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
3:37
11
Impromptu
Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
4:54
Bardenklange, Op. 13 (version for 2 Guitars) (excerpts)  
12
Tarantelle
Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
4:37
13
Deutsche Weise (German Air)
Johann Kaspar Mertz; Johannes Möller; Laura Fraticelli
4:20
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    59:55
"... simply the finest Mertz I’ve ever heard ... this is tastefully played, often with heartrending beauty ... a recording with great artistry."
- American Record Guide

Johann Kaspar Mertz’s duets are unusual for combining a guitar of normal string length and tuning with the smaller Terz guitar and its higher tuning. The rare chemistry of the two instruments played here by Johannes Möller and Laura Fraticelli reaches high degrees of virtuosity in The Rage but it is Mertz’s colourful depiction of scenes and moods which commands attention. The three elegiac Funeral Laments are amongst Mertz’s finest and most expressive pieces.
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