Ferdinand Rebay: Sonatas for Violin and Guitar & Sonata for Viola and Guitar

This amazing release presents three first recordings, offering the opportunity to hear one of the most exciting rediscoveries in guitar music: the Austrian composer Ferdinand Rebay (1880-1953). Rebay’s style is highly sophisticated, indebted to a tradition that goes back to Schubert, Brahms and Wagner, and he stands out for having established his own unique style, melding folk music and the Austro-German compositional tradition to create works of great lyricism and organic unity, like the three sonatas included here, which establish refined dialogues in which the guitar shrugs off its usual role as mere accompanist and shares the limelight on equal terms with the other instrument.

01Sonata in E minor for Violin and guitar: I. Allegro ma non troppo6:44
02Sonata in E minor for Violin and guitar: II. Variationen über ein kärntner Volkslied4:23
03Sonata in E minor for Violin and guitar: III. Menuetto4:49
04Sonata in E minor for Violin and guitar: IV. Rondo (Finale)7:06
05Sonata in C minor for Violin and guitar: I. Mässiges Marschtempo5:42
06Sonata in C minor for Violin and guitar: II. Variationen über: "Und der Hans schleicht umher"6:47
07Sonata in C minor for Violin and guitar: III. Scherzo3:42
08Sonata in C minor for Violin and guitar: IV. Ein fröhliches "Perpetuum mobile" in Weber's Manier4:13
09Sonata in D minor for Viola and guitar: I. Sehr mässig bewegt6:42
10Sonata in D minor for Viola and guitar: II. Sehr ruhig und zart5:10
11Sonata in D minor for Viola and guitar: III. Scherzo5:17
12Sonata in D minor for Viola and guitar: IV. Rondo5:40
FormatSACD & download versions
Catalogue numberEUD-SACD-1501 (SACD version)
EUD-DR-1501 (Download versions)
Barcode8436551170114 (SACD version)
8436551170121 (Download versions)
Year2015
Recording dateJuly 6-8, 2014
LocationAuditorio San Francisco, Ávila
Original formatDSD256 (11.2MHz)
EquipmentSonodore and Schoeps microphones; Merging Horus microphone preamplifier and AD/DA converter; Pyramix Workstation; Audeze and Sennheiser headphones; Rens Heijnis custom made headphone amplifier; Neumann and Amphion speakers.