‘Cordas excel's with his clear musical phrasing, his sense of balance and polyfonic playing. It is as if the clear thoughts in his writings gave rise to the great clarity in his playing’. Lucas Huybrechts, 2014 (Klara, VRT,

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Program 2015-2016

The concertprogram for season '15-'16 represents almost all of the pieces recorded for my latest CD-project: The Poetic Guitar. The study of the six songs that form a small collection of 19th century song-arrangements for guitar, was the direct cause for recording this double-CD and writing the book that contains them. The fascinating way in which 19th century guitarist Caspar Joseph Mertz (1806-1856) arranged these six songs by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) for guitarsolo shows both his great understanding of the instrument and of the musical essence of the songs. My investigation in how he managed to fit in all those notes on one instrument, which isn't hailed for being able to sound many notes at the same time, led to my own arrangements of 16 songs. These are in fact the songs that form the complete cycle Dichterliebe, Op. 48, composed by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). While I was doing research on the lives of Schubert, Schumann and Mertz I stumbled upon a nearly forgotten Dutch composer, Karel Arnoldus Craeijvanger (1817-1868). I decided to record his only knows works and add them and his biography to the The Poetic Guitar.