19th Century Music

Aguado, Coste, Broca, Mertz, Regondi
1987 - GHA, Belgium - 126002

Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849)
1. Andante & rondo

Napoléon Coste (1805-1883)
2. Introduction & polonaise

Johan Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
3.Elégie

José Broca (1805-1882)
4. Fantasia

Johan Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
5. Fantaisie hongroise

Gimenez Manjon (1866-1919)
6. Leyenda
7. Aire Vasco

Giulio Regondi (1822-1872)
8. Rêverie

When David Russell made this debut CD (he had done one LP earlier), he was a young musician on his way up. Now, he records for Telarc and is quite well known. GHA, a Belgian label specializing in guitar music, has done well to keep this CD available. The music has more substance than you will find on the average collection of guitar miscellany (especially Mertz's Elegie, quite a touching piece), and the congruent yet varied romantic program makes for good listening. Russell plays superbly, making sure that the pieces sound different from each other, and his guitar is realistically captured by the recording.
Leslie Gerber

Russell plays beautifully on this CD. The sound, with its clarity and depth, rivals that of the piano but has the added tonal variety of the guitar. The selections are very enjoyable, especially the "Introduction et Polonaise" by Coste and the "Fantaisie Hongroise" by Mertz. The tremolo piece by Regondi is very sweet as well. There are only 8 pieces, but all are long. A great CD for classical guitar enthusiasts and acoustic music lovers.
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1987. GHA 126.002. CD (re-issue)