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Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, March 2015

…simply the finest Mertz I’ve ever heard.

This is tastefully played, often with heartrending beauty.

…a recording with great artistry. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, January 2015

The playing of Johannes Möller and Laura Fraticelli is exquisite throughout. This is one of the loveliest albums I’ve heard in 2014… © 2015 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2014

Johann Mertz was born in 1806 and spent much of his life as a touring virtuoso guitarist and a very prolific composer for that instrument in various permutations. He played both the eight and ten stringed guitar, and wrote a large number of works for both instruments, together with a sizeable collection of duos. To the innocent ear the present disc will appear to be a highly pleasing tour through eleven of those duos, but the sleeve note will inform you that we are listening to pieces composed for two very differing guitars. One of the partnership is a conventional instrument and tuned as normal, while the other is a terz guitar, which is a much smaller version and of a higher tuning. Whatever the mechanics of the instruments, the result is a sparkling and lightweight sound for this series of cameos. They do have their dramatic moments in La Rage (The Rage), and sadness in Nanien Trauerlieder (Funeral Laments). Elsewhere there is much decoration of pleasing melodies that call for nimble fingers and accurate intonation, the husband and wife partnership of Johannes Muller and Laura Fraticelli, producing a very attractive and transparent sound in another outstanding product from Naxos’ Canadian recording team. In its genre the disc is highly recommended. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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