L’Encouragement – 19th Century Guitar Duos

For their debut album, L’Encouragement Guitar Duo bring us a selection of 19th century guitar duos played on romantic guitars.
This captivating recital explores the potential of this much beloved setting, from a lesser known composer such as Federico Moretti to essential figures of the guitar literature like Fernando Sor and Joseph Kaspar Mertz.
A seductive album which draws the listener into the world of the European 19th century salons.

About the artist
Herminia Navarro and Pablo Rioja formed the L’Encouragement guitar duo in 2005. Having been friends for some years, they decided to pour their combined professional experiences and musical enthusiasms into performing the extensive and exciting...
01Fantaisie op. 54 (bis) - Andante Allegro1:20
02Fantaisie op. 54 (bis) - Andantino4:45
03Fantaisie op. 54 (bis) - Allegro dans le genre Espagnol5:39
04Nänien - Trauerlieder - I.- Am Grabe der Geliebten5:30
05Nänien - Trauerlieder - II.- Ich denke dein5:36
06Nänien - Trauerlieder - III.- Trauermarsch6:02
07Grand duo nº 9 tiré des oeuvres de Haydn - I.- Allegro4:34
08Grand duo nº 9 tiré des oeuvres de Haydn - II.- Menuetto3:34
09Grand duo nº 9 tiré des oeuvres de Haydn - III.- Adagio6:58
10Grand duo nº 9 tiré des oeuvres de Haydn - IV.- Menuetto Allegro3:21
11Grand duo nº 9 tiré des oeuvres de Haydn - V.- Finale Presto3:48
12Grand duo concertant pour deux Lyres ou deux Guitares5:13
13L'Encouragement op. 34 - Cantabile4:34
14L'Encouragement op. 34 - Theme & Variations5:09
15L'Encouragement op. 34 - Valse3:37
16Barcarole3:49
«Interesting not only for the guitar enthusiast.»
By Aart van der Wal, Opusklassiek © 2016
«Herminia Navarro and Pablo Rioja play this music with enormous delicacy.»
By Katja Schneider, Gitarre & Laute Online © 2016
FormatSACD & download versions
Catalogue numberEUD-SACD-1604 (SACD version)
EUD-DR-1604 (Download versions)
Barcode8436551170213 (SACD version)
8436551170220 (Download versions)
Year2016
Recording dateJuly 9-11, 2015
LocationAuditorio San Francisco, Ávila, Spain
Original formatDSD256 (11.2MHz)
EquipmentSonodore and Schoeps microphones; Merging Horus microphone preamplifier and AD/DA converter; Pyramix Workstation; Sennheiser headphones; Rens Heijnis custom made headphone amplifier; Neumann and Amphion speakers.