A Schubertiade with Arpeggione | Ricercar RIC409

A Schubertiade with Arpeggione


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Label: Ricercar

Cat No: RIC409

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 31st January 2020



The arpeggione, invented in 1823 by the Viennese luthier Johann Georg Stauffer, had a curious destiny. As its alternative names ‘guitar violoncello’ and ‘guitare d’amour’ suggest, it is in fact a guitar fitted with a bridge, held between the knees like a cello and played with a bow. The instrument enjoyed some success for around a decade, but, oddly enough, almost nothing has survived from its specific repertory except one supreme masterpiece: the sonata Franz Schubert wrote for it in 1824. The guitar was very popular in Vienna at that time, and Schubert was also fond of it; the original version of Die schöne Müllerin was published with guitar accompaniment! Guido Balestracci and the musicians of L’Amoroso have built a delightful Schubertiad around this famous sonata, combining the arpeggione and the piano with voice and guitars to appropriate a rich selection of the Viennese composer’s lieder.

- Guido Balestracci (arpeggione, direction)
- Maude Gratton (fortepiano)
- Caroline Pelon (soprano)
- Massimo Moscardo (Terz guitar)
- Éric Bellocq (guitar, archlute)

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