Violin and Guitar Sonatas (2015)


Pedro Mateo Gonzalez, Jose Manuel Alvarez, Joaquin Riquelme

The rediscovery of the prolific output of music for guitar by Ferdinand Rebay (1880-1953), of which some outstanding examples appear on this album, has made a huge impact on the repertoire —a rare occurrence in the history of any musical instrument. His catalogue of over 400 works featuring the guitar, from solo pieces —including seven exceptional sonatas— to Lieder and choral works with guitar accompaniment, via a wide range of chamber music, has been revealed as a treasure-house of riches. The value of his legacy rests not only on its (probably unparalleled) size, but on the fact that it fills the gap in the repertoire that would otherwise have been left by Central European Romanticism. 
Rebay’s style is highly sophisticated, indebted to a tradition that goes back to Schubert, Brahms and Wagner, and the polar opposite to that of his contemporaries of the Second Viennese School, whose work so dominates our perceptions of the music history of that period. While Schoenberg claimed he was ensuring «the hegemony of German music» by making a clean break with the past, Rebay was more than happy to draw on that existing tradition. Had he stayed within the bounds of convention, he might simply have become an inferior successor to Brahms —instead, however, he stands out for having established his own unique style, melding folk music and the Austro-

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Pedro Mateo Gonzalez

Born in Avila in 1983, he started his musical studies in the Conservatory “Tomás Luis de Victoria”, where he graduated in guitar with Salvador Gómez and composition with Antonio Bernaldo de Quirós and Alejandro Moreno.
He subsequently studied in several institutions such as the “Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid”, with José Luis Rodrigo, the “Hochschule für Musik Köln”, with Roberto Aussel, the “Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca”, with Hugo Geller, and the “Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt” in Weimar, with Thomas Müller-Pering, finishing his Degree with Honors, and the Extraordinary End of Studies prize. He carried out Post-graduate studies in the category of Konzertexam at the “Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf” in the class of professor Joaquín Clerch, ending with “Cum Laude” qualifications, and also with Ricardo Gallén, and Eliot Fisk in the University “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, Austria, where he was a recipient of several scholarships, including “La Caixa”, “Alexander von Humboldt Foundation”, and the Spanish Ministry for Culture.Pedro Mateo González currently teaches Guitar at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de las Islas Baleares, and he has been prize winner of several competitions, including the 2009 Boston Guitar Fest, the 66th edition of “Jeunesses musicales”, the VII International Guitar Competition “Ciudad de Coria”, the III “Miami´s Internacional Competition” and the VI “Anna Amalia Wettbewerb für junge Gitarristen” in Weimar (Germany).
He has performed in concert halls like the Jordan Hall in Boston, the Auditorio Nacional de Cuba, Jerusalem University, the Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid, the Spanish Embassies in Slovenia and Croatia, the Spanish Embassy in Vietnam, the Weimarer Gitarre-Verein in Germany…, teaches regularly t in different music courses and masterclasses at important Universities of Europe and America.
Having also performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Spanish Radio and Television, the Symphonic Orchestra of Castilla y León, and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Balearic Islands, with conductors like Alejandro Posadas, Adrián Leaper and Leo Brouwer, he has been broadcasted by the Spanish Television and Radio, Classical Radio of Slovenia and the Deutschland Radio Berlin.
He has recorded for Eudora and NAXOS and also played chamber music concerts next to outstanding musicians such as Pedro Chamorro (bandurria), José Manuel Losada (violin), Joaquin Riquelme (viola), André Cebrián (flute) and Mikhail Tsinman (violin).


Jose Manuel Alvarez

José Manuel Álvarez
Prize winner of the II International Joaquín Rodrigo Violin Competition (Madrid, 2004), “Primer Palau” International Competition (Barcelona, 2006) and XLI International Course of “Música en Compostela” (Santiago de Compostela, 1998). He also received the Honor Prize of the Ourense Conservatory, two Grand Prizes (in Violin and Chamber Music) at the Barcelona Conservatory and a Postgraduate degree with a final grade of “Distinction” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria).
His main teachers were Gaiané Pogossova (Oviedo), Agustín León Ara (Barcelona) and Maighread McCrann (Vienna). He also participated in International Master Classes with teachers such as Zakhar Bron, Valentin Erben, Igor Frolov, Lewis Kaplan, Ferenc Rados, Andreas Röhn, Donald Weilerstein and Antje Weithaas.
He performed in major concert halls of Austria, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom, and as a soloist with orchestras such as the Spanish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Balearic Symphony Orchestra and Galicia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He recorded for the Spanish Radio, Spanish Television and Catalonian Radio.
He was a member of the Joaquín Rodrigo Chamber Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Galicia Symphony Orchestra. As concertmaster, he has collaborated with the Galicia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Menorca Chamber Orchestra, among others. He was also founding member of the “Música en Compostela” String Quartet, specialized in performing music of Spanish composers.
He regularly teaches in different music courses in Spain and in Conservatories of Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, Ourense and the Catalonia College of Music (Barcelona). He is currently on the Faculty of the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands, where he is a Violin Professor.


Joaquin Riquelme

Joaquín Riquelme

Born in Murcia in 1983, he began his studies at the Conservatory of Murcia with Pedro Navarro, and Antonio J. Clares. He studied his Diplom in the Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid (RCSMM) with Emilio Mateu and Alan Kovacs, finishing with honors. He continued his Konzertexam studies in Berlin UdK with Professor Hartmut Rohde, finishing in 2010.

He took masterclasses with Hartmut Rohde, Ashan Pillai, Jesse Levine, Nobuko Imai, Jean Sulem, …

Since February 2010 is a full member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has performed concerts in the best Halls and Festivals around the world, performing under the baton of conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado and Mariss Jansons among others. Previously, he was Solo assistant of the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona y Nacional de Catalunya.

He won First prizes in several competitions such as the Villa de Llanes, Tomás Lestán, International Festival of Youth Orchestras of Murcia, Ibercaja Scholarship, Escuela de Música de Barcelona, etc. He has also been a finalist for the Juventudes Musicales Spain.

Joaquín Riquelme has performed as soloist with orchestras such as UdK Orchester, Baden-Baden Philharmonie, Orchestra of the Principado de Asturias, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región of Murcia, Simfónica del Vallés, Banda Sinfónica RCSMM, …, and has made recordings for RNE, Catalunya Radio and Naxos. He has given recitals throughout Spain, Germany, Pablo Casals Festival Prades, Festival In Crescendo Berlin, etc.

As an active chamber music player, he has performed with several ensembles like Ensemble Berlin, Philharmonisches Oktett, Landsberg Sommerakademie, taking part in chamber music festivals like Schwetzingen Festival, Musique a l´Emperi ( Salon du Provence), Traunstein Festival, Hohenstaufen, performing with musicians like Emmanuel Pahud, Jörg Widmann, Christian Zacharias and Hartmut Rohde among others, and playing in concert halls like Herkulesaal Munich, Konzerthaus Viena, Philharmonie Berlin, etc.

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Violin and Guitar Sonatas (2015)


Pedro Mateo Gonzalez, Jose Manuel Alvarez, Joaquin Riquelme

    Musicweb International

"The performers here are sublimely sensitive to Rebay’s musical subtleties, from contrasts of dynamic and the weighing of chords against melodic lines, as well as in the democratic interaction between the instruments, elegantly demonstrated in the guitar’s melodic function in the second Variations movement of the Sonata in C minor. The added ambience of 5.0 SACD surround sound is an attraction that enhances the cleanly transparent nature of both music and performance. The extra richness of sonority and darkness of timbre introduced by the viola in the Sonata in D minor is another delight. [...] relaxing into Rebay’s superbly crafted and comforting conservatism is however a joy from beginning to end, and what more could you want late at night, just before retiring with candle and nightcap."

Dominy Clements[read full review]

    Audiophile Audition

Rebay really doesn’t sound like anyone else from the period. His unique sound and musicality are quite captivating to my ear, and this sonata can withstand multiple hearings to take it all in. […] Rebay is a fine, but certainly lesser-known composer. This disc makes a fine introduction to his work, and it’s worth a place in any collection. All the selections are being heard on disc for the first time, another reason to get this recording and enjoy Rebay’s musical offerings.

Mel Martin[read full review]


With perfect balance touched by rare delicacy in their playing, José M. Alvarez Losada on the violin, Joaquin Riquelme on the viola, an Pedro Mateo Gonzalez on the guitar make these pieces enchanting at each moment. Let us also praise the sound recording that respects tones in realistic acoustics by which the instruments thrive with ideal presence. Here is one of the best SACDs of the fall 2015.

Jean-Jacques Millo[read full review]


Dankzij deze drie Spaanse pleitbezorgers - ze spelen meer dan voortreffelijk en zetten zich duidelijk met hart en ziel in voor deze muziek - is het bovendien voortdurend genieten geblazen, nog versterkt door de opname die ik wel als een juweeltje wil klasseren. Goed dat deze muziek er is!

Aart van der Wal[read full review]


Ferdinand Rebay had a genuine feeling for the guitar, as one can hear in this beautiful and atmospheric performances of his duo sonatas. A much enjoyable disc!

Remy Franck[read full review]

“Rebay’s duos with strings are imaginative, succinct, tune-full […] Rebay’s music on this disc is of the highest quality, and it receives playing of the finest, from Pedro Mateo González (guitar), Joaquín Riquelme (viola) and José Manuel Álvarez (violin) in dedicated and affectionate performances. […] I hope that this remarkable issue will urge further recordings of Fernand Rebay’s guitar works, so I commend it to classical guitar fans and chamber music devotees alike.”

John Miller[read full review]

«Not another Mozart Symphony, but a totally new experience. And let me say it straight away: This disk is a wonderful one. […] His music is thoroughly tonal, rooted in late romantic, melodious expressions. Well structured, sophisticated and refined. […] The viola player here, Joaquín Riquelme, plays with absolute ‘justesse’, which is rare for a viola player. The same applies to the violin of José Manuel Álvarez Losada. […] Revisiting a thus far mostly unknown composer, these musicians have ably lifted out of oblivion three sonatas of undeniable beauty. […] The recorded sound is exemplary.”

Adrian Quanjer[read full review]

    Wonderful music/performance recorded in DSD 256. A MUST have!

Wonderful music/performance recorded in DSD 256. A MUST have!

Doak Wattingney[read full review]

    "Music of Great Quality"

"Music of Great Quality

Júlio Guerreiro[read full review]

    "Very Good"

"Very Good"

Jean Claude Reynaud (Professional Recording Engineer)[read full review]

Violin and Guitar Sonatas (2015)


Pedro Mateo Gonzalez, Jose Manuel Alvarez, Joaquin Riquelme

Digital Converters: Horus
Mastering Equipment: Amphion
Microphones: Sonodore, Schoeps
Producer: Gonzalo Noqué
Recording Engineer: Gonzalo Noqué
Recording location: Auditorio San Francisco, Avila, Spain
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD256

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Sonata in E minor for violin and guitar - I. Allegro ma non troppo
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Sonata in C minor for violin and guitar - I. Mässiges Marschtempo
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Sonata in C minor for violin and guitar - IV. Ein frühliches - perpetuum mobile- in Weber's Manier
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Sonata in D minor for viola and guitar - I. Sehr mässig bewegt
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