Michael Kolk Performs Rebay

Fantastic! Canadian guitarist Michael Kolk performs the first movement, Allegro moderato from Sonate in a für Guitarre by Ferdinand Rebay (1880-1953). Audio and video by Henderson. Beautiful playing as usual from Kolk. I love how directional his phrasing is, he always has a clear destination for the listener. Nice contrasts of mood and articulation as well. This comes via his excellent YouTube channel where he mentions:

Here is the first movement from Ferdinand Rebay’s guitar sonata in A minor, composed in 1944. Rebay was an Austrian composer whose style was primarily neo-Romantic. His music was neglected for years and is only recently being discovered.

The complete sonata can be heard on his fantastic album 20th Century Guitar Sonatas, available through his website or on streaming platforms. I did a review of it back in 2020 if you want to learn more. He previously recorded the Jose Sonata which I featured and he’ll also be recording the Guastavino sonata from the album so you can look forward to that.

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