Ivan Klinger: The Poor Branch - RES10302

Ivan Klinger: The Poor Branch

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Total playing time [64:18]

James Akers (guitar)

Devoted to the music of Ivan Klinger, this album of premiere recordings from guitarist James Akers highlights works from this relatively unknown composer. Klinger’s seeming anonymity belies the composer’s substantial and high-quality oeuvre.

Born in 1818 in Seltz near Kherson (today’s Ukraine), Klinger was one of the few guitarists to devote himself to the Western style six-string guitar. Featuring both original compositions and arrangements of other works, Klinger’s playful and serious, virtuosic and challenging music here receives the attention that is long overdue.

Album Booklet (PDF)

Tracklist

Ivan Andreevich Klinger (1818–97)
Fantasia, Op. 2
1. Introduction – In the Garden
2. I Love Pear
3. A Birch Tree Stood in the Field

Morceau de Salon, Op. 11
4. Introduction – Andantino – Allegro

Four Pieces, Op. 21
5. Fantasia on the Romance ‘Tell her’
after Princess Elizaveta Kochubey (1821–97)

Ivan Andreevich Klinger
Fantasia, Op. 4
6. Introduction – Mother, My Dove
7. You Are My Soul, Beautiful Maiden
8. Romance, It Used To, It Used To

Serenade, Op. 7
9. There Are Many Dear Things
in the World

Two Pieces, Op. 16
10. Elegie par Henri Vogel
after Heinrich Vogel (1845–1900)

11. Fantasia on Four Themes, Op. 15
The Guys Were on Their Way from Novgorod –
How the Breeze is Blowing

Pyotr Bulakov (1822–1857), arr. Klinger
12. My Little One

Ivan Andreevich Klinger
Fantasia on Two Russian Songs, Op. 10
13. The Song of Love, in Ancient
Times and Now
14. Who Could Love So Passionately

Fantasia on Three Themes, Op. 17
15. You Are My Soul,
You Are My Strength
16. Do Not Wake Me Up
17. Rachel quand du seigneur
from ‘La Juive’
after Fromental Halévy (1799–1862)

Two Pieces, Op. 16
18. The Orphan’s Song
after Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804–1857)

Fantasia on Two Themes
‘The Poor Branch’, Op. 18
19. The Poor Branch
after Vasily Polikarpovich Titov (1650–1715)
20. I Will Go Scythe the Grass
after Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

'One can easily imagine Klinger captivating 19th-century salon audiences in Ukraine and thereabouts with his playing, and hopefully James Akers will succeed in introducing Klinger’s music to a wider audience today.'

- Early Music Review

'One can easily imagine Klinger captivating 19th-century salon audiences in Ukraine and thereabouts with his playing, and hopefully James Akers will succeed in introducing Klinger’s music to a wider audience today.'
Early Music Review

'There is a timeless quality to the sounds of a solo guitar [...] an enjoyable release'

Credits
© 2022 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2022 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10302
Producer, engineer & editor: John Taylor
Executive producer: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262793329
Cover image: Photography by Douglas Whates
Release date: 3 June 2022