Matiegka: Complete Music for Solo Guitar

Matiegka: Complete Music for Solo Guitar
Composer Wenzeslaus Thomas Matiegka
Artist Giulio Tampalini guitar
Format 7 CD
Cat. number 95084
EAN code 5028421950846
Release April 2019

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Guitar music from Schubert’s Vienna: Sonatas, serenades, variations and fantasies full of good tunes and light spirits.

After wide-ranging surveys of guitar music in Spain and the Americas, Brilliant Classics has uncovered a largely forgotten but flourishing guitar culture in central Europe at the turn of the 19th century. A recent album dedicated to Johann Kaspar Mertz (BC95722) shone the spotlight on an early-Romantic figure writing tone-poems for the guitar just as Schumann was doing the same for the piano. His models and forbears had included Mauro Giuliani (featured on many Brilliant Classics releases) and the indefatigable Anton Diabelli.

Their lesser-known contemporaries included Simon Molitor and the subject of this newly recorded compendium, Wenzeslaus Thomas Matiegka (1773-1830). Bohemian in origin, and born into a musical family, he studied music within the family before moving to Prague in the year of Mozart’s death, 1791.

Having graduated with a law degree, however, he moved to Vienna, studied composition more assiduously and encountered the fashionable guitar, which soon became his favourite instrument. By 1806 he was described (by Molitor) as among the main exponents of ‘the new Viennese guitar school’.

In that capacity Matiegka established for himself a successful career as a teacher, performer and composer, until his death from consumption at the age of 57. The works presented here illustrate his all-round gifts, satisfying as they do the varied purposes of teaching, entertainment, display and serious contemplation. The pair of ‘grandes sonates’ on CD1 of this set certainly fulfil the requirements of the last aim, with a Schubertian breadth of phrase and contentment. CD2 is occupied by a set of Six Sonatas Op.31 which are cast in a lighter vein but still within the Classical structures formed and perfected by Haydn.

Virtuoso brilliance is the order of the day on CD3, with its 12 Menuets Brillants, and a fantasia and variation set based on popular melodies. CD4 includes both a Sonata facile and Sonate progressive aimed at students, as well as several more variation sets. Matiegka’s work as a pedagogue also dominates CDs 5 and 6 in the form of a progressive guitar method Op.24, and the collection comes to a delightful close with the composer’s Opus 1 – a set of 12 Leichte Ländler – and more variations, including an Op.12 set based on Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Among his substantial discography for Brilliant Classics, Giulio Tampalini’s complete recordings of the guitar music by Llobet (BC94335) and Tarrega (BC94336) have met with particular praise. ‘A quite outstanding Recuerdos de la Alhambra that would be hard to beat under any circumstances’ (MusicWeb International).

First recording of the complete solo guitar music by Matiegka.
Wenzeslaus Matiegka (1773-1830) was born in a small town in Bohemia, at that time part of the Habsburg Monarchy. He studied music with Abbé Gelinek and showed an extraordinary talent for the fortepiano, while at the same time studying law. He became a legal employee at the court of Count Kinsky, an early sponsor of Beethoven. Later he moved to Vienna and became a well known composer, teacher, fortepianist and guitarist. He was highly respected by Beethoven and above all Schubert, who wrote several works for the guitar as well.
Matiegka wrote in the Classical Viennese style of his time: Sonatas, Dances (Menuets and Ländlers), sets of Variations on popular themes, as well as a substantial amount of educational works for teaching purposes: charming and highly melodious music for “Kenner und Liebhaber”.
Played by one of today’s best guitarists, Giulio Tampalini, specialist in this repertoire, having recorded for Brilliant Classics works by Mozzani, Llobet, Tarrega, Paganini and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Track list

Disk

Disk 1

  1. Sonate in B Minor, Op. 23: I. Presto – Fugato
  2. Sonate in B Minor, Op. 23: II. Menuetto
  3. Sonate in B Minor, Op. 23: III. Rondò - Allegro non tanto
  4. Grande Sonate No. 1: I. Allegro maestoso
  5. Grande Sonate No. 1: II. Andante molto
  6. Grande Sonate No. 1: III. Rondò capriccioso
  7. Grande Sonate No. 2: I. Moderato
  8. Grande Sonate No. 2: II. Andante con espressione
  9. Grande Sonate No. 2: III. Variations sur l’air allemande par Haydn “Liebes Mädchen hör mir zu, lach dir noch was fragen”
  10. Grande Serenade, Op. 11: I. Allegro moderato
  11. Grande Serenade, Op. 11: II. Menuetto et trio
  12. Grande Serenade, Op. 11: III. Andantino
  13. Grande Serenade, Op. 11: IV. Menuetto - A la polacca
  14. Grande Serenade, Op. 11: V. Thème et variations

Disk 2

  1. Sonate No. 1, Op. 31: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Sonate No. 1, Op. 31: II. Menuetto et trio
  3. Sonate No. 1, Op. 31: III. Rondò – Allegretto
  4. Sonate No. 2, Op. 31: I. Allegro maestoso
  5. Sonate No. 2, Op. 31: II. Menuetto et trio
  6. Sonate No. 2, Op. 31: III. Variations sur l’air “Vive Henri IV”
  7. Sonate No. 3, Op. 31: I. Allegro moderato
  8. Sonate No. 3, Op. 31: II. Menuetto et trio
  9. Sonate No. 3, Op. 31: III. Rondò - Un poco andantino, con moto
  10. Sonate No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 31: I. Allegro moderato
  11. Sonate No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 31: II. Scherzo et trio
  12. Sonate No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 31: III. Capriccio
  13. Sonate No. 5, Op. 31: I. Allegro moderato
  14. Sonate No. 5, Op. 31: II. Menuetto et trio
  15. Sonate No. 5, Op. 31: III. Rondò – Allegro
  16. Sonate No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 31: I. Allegro non molto
  17. Sonate No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 31: II. Scherzo et trio
  18. Sonate No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 31: III. Finale – Allegretto
  19. 6 Variations, Op. 13 on an aria from “La Molinara” by G. Paisiello

Disk 3

  1. Fantaisie in C Major, Op. 4: I. Largo, Intermezzo
  2. 9 Variationen, Op. 7 über das Volkslied “Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser”
  3. Menuetto No. 1 et trio, Op. 15
  4. Menuetto No. 2 et trio, Op. 15
  5. Menuetto No. 3 et trio, Op. 15
  6. Menuetto No. 4 et trio, Op. 15
  7. Menuetto No. 5 et trio, Op. 15
  8. Menuetto No. 6 et trio, Op. 15
  9. Menuetto No. 7 et trio, Op. 15
  10. Menuetto No. 8 et trio, Op. 15
  11. Menuetto No. 9 et trio, Op. 15
  12. Menuetto No. 10 et trio, Op. 15
  13. Menuetto No. 11 et trio, Op. 15
  14. Menuetto No. 12 ettTrio, Op. 15

Disk 4

  1. 6 Variations, Op. 14
  2. Sonate facile, Op. 16: I. Tempo giusto
  3. Sonate facile, Op. 16: II. Menuetto
  4. Sonate facile, Op. 16: III. Rondò – Allegro
  5. Sonate progressive, Op. 17: I. Cantabile
  6. Sonate progressive, Op. 17: II. Andante
  7. Sonate progressive, Op. 17: III. Rondò moderato
  8. 15 Variations on a Tyrolean Song, Op. 27
  9. 8 Variations, Op. 28
  10. 12 Variations, Op. 29

Disk 5

  1. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: I. Theme et variations
  2. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: II. Rondò
  3. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: III. Andante
  4. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: IV. Menuetto
  5. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: V. Siciliane
  6. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: VI. Theme et variations
  7. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: VII. Theme et variations
  8. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: VIII. Rondò
  9. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: IX. Andante
  10. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: X. Menuetto
  11. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XI. Theme et variations
  12. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XII. Rondò
  13. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XIII. Theme et variations
  14. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XIV. Menuetto – Moderato

Disk 6

  1. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XV. Andante et variations
  2. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XVI. Todtenmarsch
  3. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XVII. Menuetto et variations
  4. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XVIII. Rondò
  5. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XIX. Ländler
  6. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XX. Theme et variations
  7. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XXI. Allegro - En forme d’une symphonie
  8. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XXII. Theme à la cosaca et variations
  9. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XXIII. Caprice et variations
  10. 24 Pièces progressives, Op. 20: XXIV. Marcia – Maestoso
  11. 12 Leichte Ländler, Op. 1

Disk 7

  1. Caprice sur l’Air Allemande “Ich bin liederlich, Du bist liederlich”, Op. 2
  2. 12 Pièces faciles, Op. 3: I. Adagio
  3. 12 Pièces faciles, Op. 3: II. Contradanse
  4. 12 Pièces faciles, Op. 3: III. Menuetto
  5. 12 Pièces faciles, Op. 3: IV. A la turca
  6. 12 Pièces faciles, Op. 3: V. Contradanse
  7. 12 Pièces faciles, Op. 3: VI. Marcia Française
  8. 12 Pièces faciles, Op. 3: VII. Tempo de menuetto
  9. 12 Pièces faciles, Op. 3: VIII. Contradanse
  10. 12 Pièces faciles, Op. 3: IX. Scherzo
  11. 12 Pièces faciles, Op. 3: X. Allemande
  12. 12 Pièces faciles, Op. 3: XI. Rondò
  13. 12 Pièces faciles, Op. 3: XII. Marcia
  14. 6 Leichte Variationen on a Bohemian Song, Op. 5
  15. Variations on the Mass song “Wir werfen uns darnieder”, Op. 6
  16. 6 Variations, Op. 8
  17. 10 Variations capricieuses, Op. 10
  18. 8 Variations on the opera “Don Juan” by W.A. Mozart, Op. 12