Izhar Elias - Guitars
Fernando Cordas - Guitars

Watch and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jte_Kt6Dznk

Duo Elias/Cordas combines 19th century guitar music - played on original instruments - with Spanish classics of the guitar-duo repertoire. The duo is not shy to explain the audience about their special instruments, the composers lives and the history of the guitar. A concert by duo Elias/Cordas is one of those events that you will remember forever.

Aranjuez ma pensée

Starting from Rodrigo's own arrangement of the famous second movement of 'Concierto de Aranjuez', Elias and Cordas embark on an exploration of the guitar's repertoire. Before endulging in Rodrigo's expressive and heartfelt, emotional melodic line's we travel to the era of the Viennese salon and the heyday of Italian opera. The guitar also enjoyed great popularity in these early years of the 19th century and composers such as Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven were present when it appeared in various 'soirées musicale' and 'Hausmusik'-performances. The popular Italian guitarist Mauro Giuliani - who stayed in Vienna for years on end - was one of the reasons the guitar became even more fashionable.
In the first segment of the concert Izhar Elias and Fernando Riscado Cordas perform on several unique 19th century guitars. Something which can't be lacking on an Elias/Cordas-concert is their clarifying and informative explanations. The amusing and interesting details will bring to life the featuring composers and era's. After the intermission Fernando and Izhar perform on the modern Spanish classical guitar and the musical mood changes from early to late Romantic. Let the warmth of the Spanish guitar take over!


When a young Beethoven arrived in Vienna in 1792, the guitar was only known as a simple accompanying instrument. Several years later it's popularity rose swiftly and it was represented in various area's of society. It started to appear in chamber music settings. Many young professional guitarists either composed for the instrument, or transcribed works that were 'en vogue'; such as was done by Vincenz Schuster who transcribed works by Beethoven. In Paris the eminent guitarist Ferdinando Carulli did the same, and thus thankfully enhanced the instruments small repertoire. Thanks to Beethoven's guitarist contemporaries, who transcribed his works in his day, one can now enjoy the combination of Beethoven's high quality compositions through the sound of the, at that time very popular, Romantic guitar.
In the same period and city - Vienna - a young Franz Schubert was struggling for recognition. Allthough not professionally, Schubert played the guitar, and owned several of them. Many of his early songs were published with piano and guitar accompaniments. As a tribute to Schubert, Fernando Cordas has transcribed a selection of pianoworks for guitarduo.