Haydn/de Fossa Grand duos
Grand duo pour deux guitares · Opus 2.1 - Hob III:7
Grand duo pour deux guitares · Opus 2.3 - Hob III:9
Koster Maulbronn KuK 74 (http://www.kuk-verlagsanstalt.com/English/Maulbronn/S20DuoSonare.html)
These are pleasing contemporary arrangements of Haydn's relatively little-known Divertimenti for string quartet. Undemanding, elegant music which adapts well to the two guitar medium, and has an added interest because this duo plays always on instruments of the respective musical era, rebuilt copies: "after all, they played on new guitars back then, so why should we have to give concerts with old ones?" !
The sound as recorded in the Laymen Refectory of the 1147 Maulbronn Monastery is superb, and the pleasure vastly enhanced by looking at the fabulous website, with pictures instantly putting you right into the ambience of this World Heritage Site where some 25 concerts are held annually. The K&K catalogue is well worth exploring.
© Peter Grahame Woolf