Mertz - Neuralgia Vea/Høymer Guitar Duo

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Album-Release:
2018

HRA-Release:
08.02.2019

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  • Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806 - 1856):
  • 1Am Grabe der Geliebten05:12
  • 2Ich Denke Dein05:38
  • 3Trauermarsch05:40
  • 4Der Ball06:45
  • 5Deutsche Weise04:24
  • Total Runtime27:39

Info for Mertz - Neuralgia

Sondre Høymer and Tormund Blikra Vea met as students at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and together they formed a guitar duo based on their common love for the classical romantic guitar music. Johan Kaspar Mertz (1806 - 1856) is one of the last major guitar virtuosos in the mid-1900s when the popularity of the guitar was definitely overtaken by the new mass produced, cheaper piano. Mertz's music is usually characterized by great drama and virtuosity, but in Nanien Trauerlieder it is the melancholy that prevails. Nanien Treuerlieder is a work consisting of three movements often used in funerals. The three movements "Am Grabe der Geliebten", "Ich Denke Dein" and "Trauermarsch" are sorrowful, thoughtful and heartfelt, but not without a hint of hope.

"Der Ball" is the piece that breaks with the mourning and melancholy. The piece is filled with humor and joy, including a polonese and a playful waltz.

"Deutsche Weise", "In German Manner", is a tribute to Mertz's greatest inspiration, Franz Schubert, also this more cheerful in the mood.

Mertz's guitar duo stands for themselves because they were all written in the mid-1900's, moving in a more romantic direction than what we have seen earlier with other guitar composers.

Vea / Høymer Guitar Duo plays on historical instruments from the 19th century, making them the first in Norway to record Johann Kaspar Mertz's music on historical instruments. Mertz's guitar duos is exclusively written for terz guitar and 8-string romantic guitar and we have selected some of the finest pieces from his duo repertoire. The instruments we are recording on are 19th-century instruments, a terzgitar, Panormo copy, from 1830 and an 8-string romantic guitar, Stauffer copy, from 1829.

The title of the album, Neuralgia, is first and foremost taken from Mertz's tragic nerve disease that destroyed much of his performing career. But it also mirrors the sad nerve of the music, the melancholy and tragic.

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