Lhoyer: Complete Guitar Duos

Lhoyer: Complete Guitar Duos
Composer Antoine de L’Hoyer
Artist Angelo Gillo guitar
Antonio Rugolo guitar
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 95725
EAN code 5028421957258
Release April 2021

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A notable first on record, and another valuable addition to the unrivalled library of guitar music across the ages from Brilliant Classics.
Among the most significant composers of guitar duos in the early 19th century, Antoine De Lhoyer was born in September 1768 in Clermont-Ferrand. His musical talents manifested themselves from early on, and he trained in Paris. His teacher Vidal paid tribute to him as ‘the finest guitarist in Europe’. However, at the age of 20, de Lhoyer embarked on a military career as a member of the King’s Guards, shortly before the French Revolution. Life in France rapidly becoming uncongenial for someone with his loyalties, he left France in a hurry and eventually settled in Hamburg, where his compositions were first published at the turn of the 19th century.
De Lhoyer’s travels were by no means over, and over the following decades he took up posts as a professional music teacher and performer in St Petersburg, Paris, Corsica, Aix-en-Provence and Alger, the new capital of the French colony in north Africa. Eventually returning to the French capital, he died there in 1852, at the age of 84.
The extant duos on this album were composed between 1814 and 1826, and they comprise a substantial proportion of his total output. One would expect the style of his music to reflect the lively, cosmopolitan nature of his career, and so they do, often cast in three- and four-movement sonata forms with picturesque interpolations such as the ‘hunt’ movement of Op.35 No.2 and the graceful Sicilienne of Op.35 No.5. The eight-movement Fantasie Concertante Op.33 is like a Mozartian serenade, with a superbly flowing Andante con variazioni directly succeeded by a brief but tranquil Adagio.
There are two sets of 12 Waltzes in a much lighter vein, like Schubert’s collections of dances, and a set of six two-movement and unfailingly elegant Serenades Op.36. Lhoyer had an extraordinary gift for cantabile melodies and his slow movements often resemble songs without words. Some of them, like the Adagios of Op.31 No.1 and Op.33, count among the most beautiful and radiant music written for the guitar in the 19th century.

- Antoine de Lhoyer was born at Clermont-Ferrand, in the heart of France. Although he developed his apparent musicality with excellent teachers in Paris he nevertheless embarked upon a military career and entered the Kings Guards at Versailles shortly before the outbreak of the French Revolution. In 1800 however he settled in Hamburg and committed himself to a more peaceful activity, music.
- Late in 1802 Lhoyer set out for St Petersburg where the guitar had become popular among the nobility and high society. Several compositions published in Russia during his ten years there were dedicated to members of the Tsar family. In 1813 he returned to Paris and spent the rest of his life alternating between serving in the Military and working as a performer and composer.
- After having been nearly forgotten by the guitar world for many years, Antoine de Lhoyer is now rightly recognized as one of the most important composers of guitar duos of the early nineteenth century. This 5-CD set presents the complete Guitar Duos, consisting of Serenades, Waltzes, Duo Concertantes and Nocturnes. The Duos are expertly written, giving both players equal rights. The music is of high caliber, entertaining, brilliant, charming and melodious.
- Played by the duo Angelo Gillo and Antonio Rugolo, both winners of international guitar competitions, and since 2016 a duo, performing lesser known masters of the Romantic era.

Listening

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 31 No. 1: I. Allegro moderato brilliante
  2. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 31 No. 1: II. Adagio cantabile
  3. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 31 No. 1: III. Rondo. Poco vivace
  4. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 31 No. 2: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 31 No. 2: II. Menuetto. Poco vivace. Trio
  6. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 31 No. 2: III. Adagio cantabile
  7. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 31 No. 2: IV. Rondo. Allegretto
  8. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 31 No. 3: I. Allegro agitato
  9. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 31 No. 3: II. Romance. Andante sostenuto
  10. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 31 No. 3: III. Rondo. Poco vivace
  11. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 6 Duos nocturnes, Op. 37: I. Andante
  12. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 6 Duos nocturnes, Op. 37: II. Menuetto. Poco vivace. Trio
  13. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 6 Duos nocturnes, Op. 37: III. Andantino
  14. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 6 Duos nocturnes, Op. 37: IV. Moderato
  15. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 6 Duos nocturnes, Op. 37: V. Andante
  16. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 6 Duos nocturnes, Op. 37: VI. Rondo. Allegretto

Disk 2

  1. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 34 No. 1: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 34 No. 1: II. Menuetto. Poco vivace. Trio
  3. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 34 No. 1: III. Andante sostenuto
  4. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 34 No. 1: IV. Rondo. Allegro poco vivace
  5. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 34 No. 2: I. Allegro poco vivace
  6. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 34 No. 2: II. Menuetto. Vivace. Trio
  7. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 34 No. 2: III. Adagio cantabile
  8. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 34 No. 2: IV. Rondo. Allegro poco vivace
  9. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 34 No. 3: I. Allegro moderato
  10. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 34 No. 3: II. Andante sostenuto
  11. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 34 No. 3: III. Rondo. Allegro
  12. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 44: I. Moderato
  13. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 44: II. Minuetto. Poco vivace. Trio
  14. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 44: III. Rondo. Allegretto

Disk 3

  1. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 1: I. Andante sostenuto
  2. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 1: II. Rondo. Allegro moderato
  3. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 2: I. Adagio cantabile
  4. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 2: II. Chasse. Allegro poco vivace
  5. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 3: I. Adagio
  6. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 3: II. Andante con variation
  7. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 4: I. Polonaise. Andante poco allegretto
  8. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 4: II. Rondo. Vivace
  9. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 5: I. Sicilienne. Andante poco adagio
  10. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 5: II. Rondo. Allegro moderato
  11. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 6: I. Introduction
  12. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 6: II. Menuetto. Vivace. Trio
  13. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Duo concertant, Op. 35 No. 6: III. Rondo. Allegro poco vivace

Disk 4

  1. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Fantaisie concertante, Op. 33: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Fantaisie concertante, Op. 33: II. Menuetto. Vivace. Trio
  3. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Fantaisie concertante, Op. 33: III. Andante con variation
  4. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Fantaisie concertante, Op. 33: IV. Adagio sostenuto
  5. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Fantaisie concertante, Op. 33: V. Menuetto grazioso. Andante. Trio
  6. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Fantaisie concertante, Op. 33: VI. Polonaise. Moderato
  7. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Fantaisie concertante, Op. 33: VII. Romance. Andante sostenuto
  8. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Fantaisie concertante, Op. 33: VIII. Rondo. Allegretto
  9. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 32: No. 1
  10. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 32: No. 2
  11. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 32: No. 3
  12. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 32: No. 4
  13. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 32: No. 5
  14. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 32: No. 6
  15. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 32: No. 7
  16. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 32: No. 8
  17. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 32: No. 9
  18. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 32: No. 10
  19. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 32: No. 11
  20. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 32: No. 12

Disk 5

  1. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 1: I. Adagio
  2. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 1: II. Andante
  3. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 1: III. Rondo. Allegretto
  4. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 2: I. Andantino
  5. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 2: II. Mouvement de marche. Moderato
  6. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 3: I. Sicilienne. Andante
  7. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 3: II. Minuetto. Poco vivace. Trio
  8. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 3: III. Rondo. Allegro
  9. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 4: I. Allegro moderato
  10. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 4: II. Minuetto. Allego. Trio
  11. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 4: III. Rondo. Allegro
  12. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 5: I. Poco adagio
  13. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 5: II. Allegretto-Andante grazioso-Allegretto
  14. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 6: I. Andante sostenuto
  15. Antoine de L’Hoyer: Sérénade facile, Op. 36 No. 6: II. Rondo. Allegro
  16. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 23: No. 1
  17. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 23: No. 2
  18. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 23: No. 3
  19. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 23: No. 4
  20. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 23: No. 5
  21. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 23: No. 6
  22. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 23: No. 7
  23. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 23: No. 8
  24. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 23: No. 9
  25. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 23: No. 10
  26. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 23: No. 11
  27. Antoine de L’Hoyer: 12 Valses, Op. 23: No. 12