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DAVID LEISNER RELEASES "LE ROMANTIQUE" FEATURING SOLO GUITAR WORKS BY MERTZ AND SCHUBERT


American virtuoso guitarist DAVID LEISNER has just released a new recording on the Azica label entitled "Le Romantique"(ACD-71223) which features works by the brilliant and underrated Hungarian composer Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-56). It includes excerpts from Bardenklänge as well as an arrangement of Franz Schubert's Six Lieder, further edited by David Leisner. The complete program follows:

Back in 1980, with the release of his debut recording, David Leisner helped bring to light Mertz's unjustly neglected repertoire. "Le Romantique" continues the exploration of this extraordinary music, with excerpts from Mertz's magnum opus, the monumental Bardenklänge collection; the Elegy-possibly the great solo guitar piece of the 19th century-; Le Romantique, considered to be a gem; the virtuosic Hungarian Fantasy; as well as Mertz's felicitous arrangements of six Schubert Lieder.

In the Romantic era, Johann Kaspar Mertz was considered the finest guitar composer of his day. He played a ten-string guitar, as did his contemporaries Carulli and Makaroff, while Regondi and Legnani played the eight-string and Coste the seven-string instrument. Mertz's works are nevertheless playable on the modern six-string guitar. An accomplished flutist and guitarist, Mertz performed to singular acclaim across much of Europe and, in the latter part of his short life, toured frequently with his wife, the pianist Joséphine Plantin. Despite this success, Mertz, who died in 1856, would eventually lapse into obscurity.

Johann Kaspar Mertz
fromBardenklänge, Op. 13
Romanze, vol. 10, no. 1
Scherzo, vol. 10, no. 2
Fingals Höhle, vol. 5, no. 1
Sehnsucht, vol. 10, no. 3
Tarantelle, vol. 6, no. 1
Franz Schubert
Six Lieder
arr. for guitar by J.K. Mertz
edited by D. Leisner
Das Fischermädchen
Lob der Thränen
Liebesbothschaft
Aufenthalt
Ständchen
Die Post