GRAMOLA, 1 CD
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During Schubert's time the guitar was a popular instrument for accompanying the human voice, and Schubert himself also wrote compositions for the guitar as an accompaniment to songs and as part of chamber music ensembles. Austrian baritone Matthias Helm and the guitar duo Hasard with Stephan Buchegger and Guntram Zauner now shed a new light on one of the most popular and moving song cycles of music history, «Die schöne Müllerin» by Franz Schubert. The version for guitar duo presented here requires no changes to the sound material and captivates with its fragility and delicacy. The complexity and the diverse colors of this instrument approach the unique sound of the fortepiano during the time of Schubert and invite the listener to observe something familiar from a wholly different perspective.
Matthias Helm studied voice under Rotraud Hansmann and song and oratorio under Robert Holl at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He completed his training by taking master courses with Margreet Honig, Wolfgang Holzmair, Rudolf Piernay, and Hartmut Höll. As a concert singer he established his reputation with performances in the major oratorios and passions, his extensive stage repertoire embraces works from the Renaissance to the 21st century; consequently, Helm is regularly invited to perform at festivals and in concert and opera halls such as styriarte, Osterklang, Konzerthaus Wien, Teatro Monumental Madrid, Musikverein Wien, Wiener Kammeroper and Theater an der Wien, Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Philharmonie Luxembourg or the Landestheater Linz. Matthias Helm's special relationship to the Lied is documented by numerous recitals of the great song cycles by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann and his particularly intensive study of the songs of Johannes Brahms. Above all his work with the guitar duo Hasard has been repeatedly acclaimed by the public and the press.
Stephan Buchegger and Guntram Zauner, who both come from the state of Upper Austria, founded the guitar duo Duo Hasard in 1994, while studying guitar at the Brucknerkonservatorium in Linz. Since then they have regularly performed successfully in this formation. They have given concerts in the Brucknerhaus Linz, played at various readings (for instance with the well-known actor Mercedes Echerer), and have taken part in several successful performances of the musical 'The Man of La Mancha'. The prizes that they won at competitions in Bubenreuth 1996 and 'Das Podium' from 1995 to 1997 testify to the abilities of these two musicians as does the fact that they completed their studies at the music universities in Linz, Vienna and Salzburg with distinction. One of their particular interests is arranging various songs by Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler, and Hugo Wolf for guitar duo accompaniment. Highly successful performances of Die Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin demonstrate how they have achieved their aim of coming as close as possible to the piano part with their arrangements and thus even matching the original sound of the fortepiano.
|1||Die schöne Muellerin|
|1||1. Das Wandern||2:39||0.99€|
|4||4. Danksagung an den Bach||2:19||0.99€|
|5||5. Am Feierabend||2:39||0.99€|
|6||6. Der Neugierige||3:55||0.99€|
|9||9. Des Muellers Blumen||3:12||0.99€|
|13||13. Mit dem gruenen Lautenbande||1:54||0.99€|
|14||14. Der Jaeger||1:09||0.99€|
|15||15. Eifersucht und Stolz||1:43||0.99€|
|16||16. Die liebe Farbe||4:33||0.99€|
|17||17. Die boese Farbe||2:08||0.99€|
|18||18. Trockne Blumen||3:58||0.99€|
|19||19. Der Mueller und der Bach||3:47||0.99€|
|20||20. Des Baches Wiegenlied||7:16||1.59€|