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LHOYER: 3 Duo Concertants, Op. 31 / Duo Concertant, Op. 34, No. 2

Composer(s):Lhoyer, Antoine de
Artist(s) Micheli, Lorenzo, guitar • Mela, Matteo, guitar
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570146
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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Antoine de Lhoyer was one of the most eminent nineteenth-century composers for the guitar, as well as a teacher, professional musician and soldier. His concertante works for two guitars, for which he is now chiefly remembered, are a far cry from the customary sets of variations and collections of romances with guitar accompaniment of the period. The melodic and rhythmic incisiveness of the thematic material, often packed with references to the music of Mozart, the dramatic and almost theatrical dialogue between the two instruments, and the frequent shifts from a simple accompanied melody to a complex contrapuntual texture, provide for music of exceptional variety that has very few equals in early nineteenth-century guitar repertoire.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2007

Every month Naxos open our minds to those whose names we do not even recognise. As the booklet informs us, the early years of the French-born composer, Antoine de Lhoyer, is not well documented, so that we take up his life when he finds himself on the wrong side in the French Revolution. Retreating to safety in Germany and Russia, where he developed his career as a performer and teacher, he did not return to France until 1813 when the monarchy was restored. Already forty-five he was given a post in the king's army, and though in the event it returned him to a nomadic life, he continued to compose. It was during this period that most of his quite considerable output of works for two guitars was completed. Where he had learned his craft is

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