La Guitaromanie (The Guitar Mania) [Exclusive Early Release]

Izhar Elias

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La Guitaromanie (The Guitar Mania) features guitarist Izhar Elias. It is exclusively available in Stereo, 5.1 Channel Surround Sound and Binaural Stereo DSD at NativeDSD. 

For a brief period in the early 19th century, the guitar enjoyed a veritable hype. Salons in Paris and Vienna hosted musical soirees where the latest compositions were performed for an intimate audience. And when a true virtuoso guitarist came to play, like the Italians Carulli, Molino or Gragnani and the Bohemian Matiegka, the enthusiasm reached the level that can only be described as ‘guitaromanie’ – guitar mania.

They offered a completely new sound, because the guitar was a young instrument at the time. Sometime around the year 1800, the double strings were replaced by single strings with higher tension. And a sixth string was added; the low E. These changes allowed the guitar virtuosos to sound like an orchestra, vocalist and accompaniment with a single instrument. The sounds were intimate, but also expressive and spectacular, and something the salon audiences had never heard before. The guitar virtuosos usually performed their own work, or they arranged a familiar aria or overture from an opera specifically for the occasion. This album focuses on original music composed by the guitarists themselves, showing their creative and inventive spirits. Moreover, four of these pieces are also world premiere recordings.

The album was recorded using original guitars with gut strings from the early 19th century built by renowned luthiers of that time. The compositions by Molino, Carulli and Gragnani were performed on an Italian guitar crafted in 1812 by Carlo Guadagnini. The compositions by Matiegka were performed on guitars of two of Vienna’s most famous guitar makers; a guitar made around 1820 by Johann Georg Stauffer and a guitar built sometime around 1834 by Bernhard Enzensperger.

Izhar Elias, Guitar


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Grande Ouverture, opus 17
Grande Sonata, opus 51: Maestoso molto – Adagio non troppo
Grande Sonata, opus 51: Maestoso molto – Rondo, allegretto vivace
Fantaisie, opus 5
Solo 3, opus 76: Largo
Solo 3, opus 76: Allegretto
Grande Sonate 1, 1st movement: Maiestoso
Sonate, opus 23, 1st movement: Presto Fugato
Grande Sonate 2, 1st movement Moderato

Total time: 01:04:06

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A/D Convertor

Merging Hapi


Brüel & Kjaer 4003, Neumann, modified by Rens Heijnis and Sonodore



Original Recording Format

Producer & Audio Engineer

Tom Peeters

Recording Location

Lutherse Kerk Haarlem, The Netherlands September 4-6, 2023.

Release DateFebruary 16, 2024

1 review for La Guitaromanie (The Guitar Mania) [Exclusive Early Release]

    Izhar Elias is a new guitarist for me and he is playing very finely here indeed. Well mic’d, and as I always hope for – Mr Elias strikes the right mid-point on the spectrum between slavish worship of the composers and self-righteous self-promotion + showmanship.

    I also purchased this album for the Binaural option. Comparing files to the 2 channel Stereo recording is interesting; there is definitely audible difference. Sorting out what the difference are in words is challenging, but the two types of files definitely sound different, so this is worth investigating.

    One thing I do find (I purchased a number of other Binaural-2Ch Stereo pairs at the same time) is that you find more obvious differences with a group of players versus one musician. Might make sense.

    In any case, this is a fine recording indeed, whatever format you choose. Glad to see the options.

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