Chamber Music by Von Weber – Molino Diabelli & Kreutzer by Trio Eidos, Rainbow Classics

About the old debate on the presumed “poverty” of the repertoire for classical guitar is often sued as a load by the detractors the use of our favorite instrument in compositions for to narrow circles of noble dilettantes, or to the satisfaction in living rooms of the middle class in the XVII and XVIII century. In my opinion this is a very poor argument because it doesn’t consider neither the importance of the guitar in the popular music but, above all it means a a simplification of the musical forms and the language used in these musics to which I don’t absolutely believe.
Inside these chamber music circles we can distinguish composers od musics dedicated for flute, viola and guitar. This cd recorde by Trio Eidos (Alessandro Muolo to the flute, Maurizio Lomartire to the viola and Sante Tursi to the guitar) introduces us four of these composers starting from the Minuet by Carl Maria von Weber composed for the comedy in three acts by Augustin Moreto y Canavas, Donna Diana (1817). The Grand Trio Concertant op. 45 by Francesco Molino follows, published in Lipsia around 1827/28, expression of the Italian French style, inspired to the Italian opera.

The Serenade Orchestrated by Anton Diabelli, composer and Viennese publisher, studied in Salisburgo under the guide of Michael Haydn, shows an interesting breadth and articulation, permitting to the guitar to interact with the other two instruments of the trio. Dulcis in fundo the Trio by Joseph Kreutzer, for flute, clarinet (or viola) and guitar, where we can find again the influence of the popular dances of the east countries and the executive styles of the popular performers. The goodness of the pieces and their executions still confirms once again the presence of a chamber music literature in the first XVIII century to not consider as a superficial commercial genre, but also creative path for professional composers. Allow me to close this reviews with some reflections taken from “Memories of Adriano” by Marguerite Yourcenar:
“Who loves the beautiful ends up to find it anywhere, as a gold seam that also flows in the most ignoble ganga, and when it has among the hands these admirable fragments, even if dirtied and defective, he gets the rare pleasure of the connoisseur that is the only one to collect ceramics common withholdings.” I think there is still a lot of work to get a philologically correct rediscovery of the repertoire of the classical guitar and this cd it is a good example of it.