Rebay: Flute and guitar sonatas

Rebay: Flute and guitar sonatas
Composer Ferdinand Rebay
Artist María José Belotto flute
Gonzalo Noqué guitar
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 9291
EAN code 5029365929127
Release October 2012

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About this release

An instrument that is almost entirely absent from the output of the great pre-twentieth-century composers, the guitar has long been viewed as a means to discovering new repertoire and neglected composers. One such example is Ferdinand Rebay, whose works (which have only recently come to light) present a unique case in bridging the central-European gap. This release is dedicated to his two Sonatas for Flute and Guitar.

Rebay believed that the blending of wind and guitar timbres produced a far more attractive sound than that of winds and piano, and the two sonatas – written in 1942 – date from an immensely productive period as regards the composer’s chamber duo output for guitar. Heavy in dialogue, they reveal a technique deeply rooted in Viennese tradition; from the Neoclassical style of the First, whose Scherzo exudes Beethovenian inspiration, to the stirringly Romance feel of the Second, with its broad phrasing and intensely lyrical passagework, these are two strikingly different works of character that together illuminate a fascinating area of past-century music-making.

In representing the first recording of the two sonatas – works that currently exist only in manuscript form – this release forms a significant addition to Brilliant Classics’ chamber music discography. The two young Spanish artists on the disc, María José Belotto and Gonzalo Noqué (who created the performing editions), set a high standard with their virtuosic display, arguing a strong case for why this composer deserves to be better known.

Other information:
- First recordings of the works made in 2011, performed from manuscripts.
- Includes booklet notes and biographies of the performers.
- The combination of flute and guitar enjoy a long tradition, going back to Robert De Visée, and, later in the Classical Period, composers Joseph Kaspar Mertz and Mauro Giuliani. The combination is a happy one, the long and flowing cantilenas of the flute embedded in the rich sonorities and harmonies of the guitar.
- Brilliant performances by Maria José Belotto and Gonzalo Noqué, who also participated in Brilliant Classics’ earlier Rebay issue: the Quartets (BC 9250).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 1 in E: I. Allegretto (moderato)
  2. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 1 in E: II. Thema mit Variationen: Thema
  3. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 1 in E: II. Thema mit Variationen: Var.I l’istesso tempo
  4. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 1 in E: II. Thema mit Variationen: Var.II l’istesso tempo
  5. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 1 in E: II. Thema mit Variationen: Var.III Etwas ruhigeres Zeitmass
  6. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 1 in E: II. Thema mit Variationen: Var.IV Leicht bewegt
  7. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 1 in E: II. Thema mit Variationen: III. Scherzo – Trio
  8. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 1 in E: II. Thema mit Variationen: IV. Rondo
  9. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 2 in D: I. Allegro, molto moderato
  10. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 2 in D: II. Sehr ruhig, mit zartem Ausdruck
  11. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 2 in D: III. Scherzo – Trio
  12. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 2 in D: IV. Thema mit Variationen: Thema
  13. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 2 in D: IV. Thema mit Variationen: Var.I Etwas bewegter
  14. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 2 in D: IV. Thema mit Variationen: Var.II Allegro
  15. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 2 in D: IV. Thema mit Variationen: Var.III Wieder sehr mässiges Zeitmass
  16. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 2 in D: IV. Thema mit Variationen: Var.IV Wieder lebhaft bewegt
  17. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 2 in D: IV. Thema mit Variationen: Var.V Allegretto commodo
  18. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 2 in D: IV. Thema mit Variationen: Var.VI Andante
  19. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 2 in D: IV. Thema mit Variationen: Var.VII Molto moderato
  20. Sonata for flute and guitar No. 2 in D: IV. Thema mit Variationen: Schluss-Variation: Marsch-Trio