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Piano Sonatas Arranged for Guitar Duo
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Duo Morat-Fergo

Piano Sonatas Arranged for Guitar Duo

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917286724
Catnr: CC 72867
Release date: 08 October 2021
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"The reviewer admits that he really enjoyed Mozart for the first time"

Gitarre, 06-12-2021
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About the album

Although being technically very different instruments, we are convinced that the romantic guitar and the fortepiano share the same aesthetics. This was proven to us for the first time when we finally recorded our Schubert album ‘A Sentimental Moment’ in 2018, with piano works arranged for our Viennese guitars. After this, it was natural for us to turn to a composer who has fired more interest than anyone else: Mozart. We do hope that these arrangements of Mozart’s piano sonatas can suggest how he might have expressed his genius on our instrument. The shorter duration of the notes, as well as the delicacy and richness of colours found in the sound world of the guitar, are quite close to those of the late 18th Century fortepianos that Mozart would have known, while the dynamic range of the guitar would be very much at home in the salons and smaller concert venues of that time. Listening to the sonatas played on two guitars might be exotic, but the plucked sound fits in with the family of keyboard instruments.
Met de muziek van het magische romantische gitaarduo Morat-Fergo waan je je in vervlogen tijden. Het duo bewerkte Mozarts pianosonates voor gitaar en speelt zijn muziek in deze prachtige opname voor het eerst op Weense gitaren.

Als je opgroeit met de klassieke gitaar, dan kom je erachter dat de grote componisten buiten je bereik lijken te liggen, omdat die niet of nauwelijks voor gitaar schreven. Hoewel de succesvolle transcripties van werken van Bach enige troost boden, was dat voor het duo Morat-Fergo niet genoeg. Morat en Fergo: "Op een zeker moment in onze carrière als klassieke gitaristen wilden we niet alleen naar Schuberts muziek luisteren, maar deze ook spelen. Wij groeiden op met zijn muziek. In onze kindertijd kwam Schuberts muziek vaak thuis langs als een oude vriend van de familie. Ons beider vaders koesterden zijn muziek."

Onbewust hoorden de twee de gitaar altijd al aarzelend doorklinken in de muzikale taal van Schubert. Dat, gecombineerd met hun liefde voor Schuberts muziek, wakkerde de wens aan om zijn muziek te bewerken en zo uiteindelijk zijn wereld te ontdekken, niet alleen als luisteraars, maar ook als uitvoerenden. Dat resulteerde in hun debuutalbum 'A Sentimental Moment'. Sindsdien hebben Morat en Fergo naam gemaakt met baanbrekende arrangementen en interpretaties van laat achttiende-, begin negentiende-eeuwse pianomuziek voor hun Weense gitaren. Muzikale intimiteit en precisie zijn twee van de bijzondere kenmerken van het duo. De twee gitaristen hebben het vermogen om het geluid van hun gitaren te laten samensmelten tot een instrument.

Hoewel technisch zeer verschillend, hebben de romantische gitaar en de fortepiano eenzelfde esthetiek, vinden Morat en Fergo. Het was dan ook vanzelfsprekend dat ze zich voor dit tweede album richtten op de muziek van een, in zijn tijd, en nog steeds, zeer geliefde componist: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Duo Morat-Fergo hoopt dat deze arrangementen van Mozarts pianosonates laten zien hoe hij, onbewust misschien, ook zijn stempel heeft gedrukt op de gitaar. De kortere duur van de noten, de gevoelvolheid en de rijkdom aan kleur van de klankwereld van de gitaar, komen vrij dicht in de buurt van die van de fortepiano’s van de late 18e eeuw, zoals Mozart die kende. Terwijl de gitaar, met zijn dynamiek, zich beslist thuis had gevoeld in de salons en kleinere concertzalen van die tijd. Al luisterend naar de sonates, gespeeld op de twee gitaren, lijkt dat wellicht exotisch, maar het geluid van de trillende gitaarsnaren hoort thuis bij de familie van toetsinstrumenten.

De Zwitser Raoul Morat en de Deen Christian Fergo ontmoetten elkaar tijdens hun studie met Echo-prijswinnaar Frank Bungarten. De wederzijdse liefde voor Schuberts muziek leidde tot het begin van het duo. Een van hun doelen is om de buitengewone vaardigheden van de romantische Weense gitaren te gebruiken in hun arrangementen van de pianomuziek van onder anderen Mozart, Schubert en Chopin.
Obwohl es sich um technisch sehr unterschiedliche Instrumente handelt, sind wir davon überzeugt, dass die romantische Gitarre und das Fortepiano die gleiche Ästhetik teilen. Das wurde uns zum ersten Mal bewusst, als wir 2018 endlich unser Schubert-Album "A Sentimental Moment" aufnahmen, mit Klavierwerken, die für unsere Wiener Gitarren arrangiert wurden. Danach war es für uns selbstverständlich, uns einem Komponisten zuzuwenden, der mehr Interesse geweckt hat als jeder andere: Mozart. Wir hoffen, dass diese Bearbeitungen von Mozarts Klaviersonaten anregen können, wie er sein Genie auf unserem Instrument ausgedrückt haben könnte. Die kürzere Dauer der Noten sowie die Zartheit und der Farbenreichtum der Klangwelt der Gitarre kommen denen der Hammerklaviere des späten 18. Jahrhunderts, die Mozart gekannt hätte, recht nahe, während der dynamische Bereich der Gitarre in den Salons und kleineren Konzertsälen jener Zeit sehr zu Hause wäre. Die Sonaten auf zwei Gitarren gespielt zu hören, mag exotisch sein, aber der gezupfte Klang passt in die Familie der Tasteninstrumente.


Artist(s)

Duo Morat-Fergo

The Swiss-Danish guitar duo Morat-Fergo was founded by classical guitarists Raoul Morat and Christian Fergo in 2014. They studied together at the music academy of Lucerne with German Echo-Prize winner Frank Bungarten. In just a few short years they have created a new repertoire of romantic music through their arrangements for guitar duo and established themselves as one of the most exceptional guitar duos to emerge in recent years. Their mutual captivation of Franz Schubert’s music inspired them to start the duo to perform the masterpieces by the Austrian composer. The duo’s arrangement of Schubert’s Moments Musicaux op. 94 reveals new sound aspects and interpretative shades to the music. In January 2015 they premiered the work in Lucerne, which prompted an...
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The Swiss-Danish guitar duo Morat-Fergo was founded by classical guitarists Raoul Morat and Christian Fergo in 2014. They studied together at the music academy of Lucerne with German Echo-Prize winner Frank Bungarten. In just a few short years they have created a new repertoire of romantic music through their arrangements for guitar duo and established themselves as one of the most exceptional guitar duos to emerge in recent years.
Their mutual captivation of Franz Schubert’s music inspired them to start the duo to perform the masterpieces by the Austrian composer. The duo’s arrangement of Schubert’s Moments Musicaux op. 94 reveals new sound aspects and interpretative shades to the music. In January 2015 they premiered the work in Lucerne, which prompted an outstanding reception.
The ‘grande dame’ of the piano, Elisabeth Leonskaja, commented after hearing the duo: ‘Recently I experienced a magical moment of music. Two fi ne musicians – Christian Fergo and Raoul Morat – playing Schubert on two guitars. I felt transformed back to the time of Schubert and thought I was hearing pianos from his epoch. A moment full of magical sounds.’ To explore the original sound of the nineteenth century in greater depth, the duo plays copies of romantic Viennese guitars from the time of Schubert.
Their high artistic level combined with strong individual musical personalities has proven to be an exciting combination. Christian and Raoul have performed both as a duo and as soloists in many countries across Europe, including Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Ireland and China. The duo’s own arrangement of Schubert’s monumental song cycle Winterreise for voice and guitar duo was premiered with German tenor Julian Prégardien to great acclaim in February 2016. That year they also performed Schubertreise, a work especially written for the duo by Irish composer Martin O’Leary.
Further music partners have included: bass René Perler, tenor Georg Poplutz, and cellists Mattia Zappa (Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich) and Sebastian Diezig (Lucerne Symphony Orchestra).

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Raoul Morat (guitar)

Christian Fergo (guitar)

Ever since their debut, Duo Morat-Fergo has made a name through their ground breaking arrangements and interpretations of 19th Century piano music. Musical intimacy and precision are some of the duo's hallmarks, defined by their ability to make the sound of their guitars melt together and appear as one instrument. Christian Fergo and Raoul Morat met while studying with Echo prize winner Frank Bungarten. A mutual love for Schubert's music sparked the beginning of the duo. One of their goals is to use the extraordinary abilities of the romantic Viennese guitars in their arrangements of the piano music of among others Mozart, Schubert and Chopin.
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Ever since their debut, Duo Morat-Fergo has made a name through their ground breaking arrangements and interpretations of 19th Century piano music. Musical intimacy and precision are some of the duo's hallmarks, defined by their ability to make the sound of their guitars melt together and appear as one instrument.

Christian Fergo and Raoul Morat met while studying with Echo prize winner Frank Bungarten. A mutual love for Schubert's music sparked the beginning of the duo. One of their goals is to use the extraordinary abilities of the romantic Viennese guitars in their arrangements of the piano music of among others Mozart, Schubert and Chopin.


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Composer(s)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School.  At 17, Mozart was engaged as...
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. From 1763 he traveled with his family through all of Europe for three years and from 1769 he traveled to Italy and France with his father Leopold after which he took residence in Paris. On July 3rd, 1778, his mother passed away and after a short stay in Munich with the Weber family, his father urged him to return to Salzburg, where he was once again hired by the Bishop. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.


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Press

The reviewer admits that he really enjoyed Mozart for the first time
Gitarre, 06-12-2021

Morat and Fergo are fine musicians and excellent guitarists, who perform well as a duo.
Musicweb International, 30-11-2021

**** The duo manages a to mix homogeneous sound without becoming monotonous and works himself effortlessly on the listener's lap without being intrusive  
De Standaard, 03-11-2021

this was an interesting new approach to music we all know
American Record Guide, 13-10-2021

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01.
Sonata No. 10 in G Major, KV 330: I. Allegro moderato
06:39
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Christian Fergo, Raoul Morat, Duo Morat-Fergo
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Sonata No. 10 in G Major, KV 330: II. Andante cantabile
06:47
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Christian Fergo, Raoul Morat, Duo Morat-Fergo
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Sonata No. 10 in G Major, KV 330: III. Allegretto
05:43
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Christian Fergo, Raoul Morat, Duo Morat-Fergo
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Sonata No. 5 in C Major, KV 283: I. Allegro
06:23
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Christian Fergo, Raoul Morat, Duo Morat-Fergo
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Sonata No. 5 in C Major, KV 283: II. Andante
06:52
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Christian Fergo, Raoul Morat, Duo Morat-Fergo
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Sonata No. 5 in C Major, KV 283: III. Presto
05:09
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Christian Fergo, Raoul Morat, Duo Morat-Fergo
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Sonata No. 4 in G Major, KV 282: I. Adagio
05:31
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Christian Fergo, Raoul Morat, Duo Morat-Fergo
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Sonata No. 4 in G Major, KV 282: II. Menuetto I – II
03:59
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Christian Fergo, Raoul Morat, Duo Morat-Fergo
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Sonata No. 4 in G Major, KV 282: III. Allegro
03:34
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Christian Fergo, Raoul Morat, Duo Morat-Fergo
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Sonata No. 11 in D Major, KV 331: I. Andante grazioso – Theme and Variations
15:35
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Christian Fergo, Raoul Morat, Duo Morat-Fergo
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Sonata No. 11 in D Major, KV 331: II. Menuetto - Trio
04:59
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Christian Fergo, Raoul Morat, Duo Morat-Fergo
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Sonata No. 11 in D Major, KV 331: III. Alla turca. Allegretto
03:57
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Christian Fergo, Raoul Morat, Duo Morat-Fergo
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