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JOHANN KASPAR MERTZ  

(1806 - 1856)

Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856) was born to a poor family in Pressburg, the Hungarian Pozsony, now the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, where his only notable memorial is an annual competition in his name. He was a child prodigy on the guitar and flute. Little is known of his early life but by 1840 he was ensconced in Vienna, enjoying royal patronage and touring widely in Europe. In 1842 he married Josephine Plantin, a pianist whose unwise administration of strychnine in 1846 aggravated an illness from which he recovered eighteen months later. He died shortly before his magnum opus, the fifteen-volume Bardenklänge was awarded the First Prize in a competition in Brussels, organised by his great admirer Nicolai Petrovich Makaroff.

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Guitar Duo Recital: Amadeus Guitar Duo - HANDEL, G.F. / MERTZ, J.K. / GANGI, M. / BURKHART, F. / TELEMANN, G.P. (Through the Centuries) Naxos
8.573439
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Bianco, Gabriel - MERTZ, J.K. / BACH, J.S / KOSHKIN, N. Naxos
8.572306
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Córdova, Alejandro - JOSÉ, A. / MERTZ, J.K. / PONCE, M.M. / TÁRREGA, F. / MORENO TORROBA, F. Naxos
8.573972
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Fabio Zanon Naxos
8.554431
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Franco Platino Naxos
8.554344
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Höh, Volker - SCHUBERT, F. / MERTZ, J.K. / PAGANINI, N. / REGONDI, G. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / SOR, F. (Romantic Moments) Naxos
8.551263
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Jearakul, Ekachai - WEISS, S.L. / MERTZ, J.K. / BERKELEY, L. / LEGNANI, L. / BROUWER, L. / ADULYADEJ, Bhumibol Naxos
8.573481
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Kuang, Junhong - CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / MANGORÉ, A.B. / BACH, J.S. / GRANADOS, E. / ALBÉNIZ, I. / LEGNANI, L. / MERTZ, J.K. Naxos
8.573432
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Montesinos, Anabel - COSTE, N. / REGONDI, G. / TARREGA, F. Naxos
8.557294
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Steve Kostelnik Naxos
8.554214
Instrumental
MERTZ, J.K.: Guitar Duets (Möller, Fraticelli) Naxos
8.573055
Instrumental
MERTZ: Bardenklange, Op. 13 Naxos
8.554556
Instrumental
REGONDI: Airs Varies / Reverie, Op. 19 / MERTZ: Bardenklange, Op. 13 Naxos
8.555285
Instrumental
Vocal Music - SCHUBERT, F. / MERTZ, C.J. / JASBAR, H. (Birds of Vienna) Gramola Records
Gramola99062D
Instrumental
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