Krzysztof Meisinger

Elogio de la Guitarra

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Elogio de la Guitarra Review

by James Manheim

Someone will eventually write a book about how and why so many excellent guitarists emerged from Eastern Europe, a region in whose music the guitar played only a minor role. This album, the Chandos debut of Krzysztof Meisinger, is one of the best so far. The title, Elogio de la Guitarra (or "Praise of the Guitar"), makes it sound like a spiritual essay, but in fact, this is a piece of virtuoso display. The originator of the genre, Paganini, does not make an appearance, but the spectacular Capriccio diabolico, Op. 85, of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, is on the program and has the added advantage of not being terribly often performed. Even more athletic are the Variaciones sobre un tema de Sor, Op. 15, of Miguel Llobet Solés; those who like to skip to the best part are invited to check out the next-to-last variation. None of Meisinger's selections is even close to being a chestnut, and Rodrigo fans will welcome the commanding performances of the title work and the more familiar Invocación y danza. Meisinger dials things back only with the Cinco piezas of Piazzolla, the only works the Argentine tango master wrote specifically for the guitar; they are complex, quiet works that stand up to the fireworks on the rest of the album and leave the listener in a thoughtful mood (perhaps the order is the reverse of the usual). Chandos backs Meisinger with excellent sound from the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio in Warsaw, picking up the physicality of the guitarist's performances but not loading them down with extramusical noise. An exciting, impressive debut.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Krzysztof Meisinger 11:29 Amazon
Elogio de la guitarra for Guitar
2 Krzysztof Meisinger 05:29 Amazon
3 Krzysztof Meisinger 06:36 Amazon
4 Krzysztof Meisinger 05:43 Amazon
Variaciones sobre un Tema de Sor, Op. 15 for Guitar
5 Krzysztof Meisinger 00:37 Amazon
6 Krzysztof Meisinger 00:33 Amazon
7 Krzysztof Meisinger 00:37 Amazon
8 Krzysztof Meisinger 00:31 Amazon
9 Krzysztof Meisinger 00:46 Amazon
10 Krzysztof Meisinger 00:33 Amazon
11 Krzysztof Meisinger 00:36 Amazon
12 Krzysztof Meisinger 01:44 Amazon
13 Krzysztof Meisinger 00:56 Amazon
14 Krzysztof Meisinger 00:58 Amazon
15 Krzysztof Meisinger 00:51 Amazon
16 Krzysztof Meisinger 01:06 Amazon
17 Krzysztof Meisinger 12:14 Amazon
Cinco Piezas for Guitar
18 Krzysztof Meisinger 05:55 Amazon
19 Krzysztof Meisinger 06:56 Amazon
20 Krzysztof Meisinger 03:42 Amazon
21 Krzysztof Meisinger 06:47 Amazon
22 Krzysztof Meisinger 03:48 Amazon
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