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Filippo Gragnani: Chamber Music - Andrea Lieberknecht (flute); Andreas Krecher (violin); Consortium Classicum; Johannes Tappert (guitar);...
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  1. Quartet for 2 guitars, clarinet & viola, Op 8
  2. Trio for flute, violin & guitar in D major, Op 13
  3. Duet for 2 guitar No. 1 in D major
  4. Sextet for flute, clarinet, violin, 2 guitars & cello in A major, Op 9
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The combinations of instruments on this disc of Classical-era chamber music -- violin, clarinet, and two guitars, or flute, clarinet, violin, two guitars, and cello -- look pretty strange, but there's a principle in operation that explains them. Filippo Gragnani (1767-1812), an Italian who went to make his fortune in Russia, was one of a group of composers, little known today, who wrote music in which one or more guitars would stand in for keyboards. In the years around 1800, as it is today, a guitar offered a way of ...

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