Matiegka: Six Sonatas
David Starobin, guitar

$ 14.99

Fanfare: 5 stars

Bridge Records is pleased to issue guitarist David Starobin's final studio recording, W.T. Matiegka's Six Sonatas, op. 31, performed on a Viennese style guitar.  Starobin regards Matiegka's sonatas as "in their time, the pinnacle of expression on the guitar, offering the most detailed notation of both articulation and character--a clear window onto performance style in the era of Beethoven and Schubert."  Since Starobin's retirement from the concert stage in 2018, the native New Yorker has kept a busy schedule, co-authoring with his wife Becky, the libretto of the opera The Thirteenth Child (music by Poul Ruders); writing and directing the film, String Trio, Los Angeles 1946 (filmed in Arnold Schoenberg's Los Angeles home); and serving as Director of Artists and Repertoire at Bridge Records.   David Starobin teaches at the Manhattan School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he co-founded Curtis's guitar program in 2011.  A frequently honored figure, Starobin was called “arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the 20th Century” (Soundboard), and was inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America's "Hall of Fame" in 2011.

Release date: April 1, 2022



"Starobin performs the Matiegka Sonatas with his characteristic technical mastery and unfailing artistic commitment...sublime performances of a composer who is not a household name to many...A marvelous recording, one that will be part of my 2022 Want list." - Ken Meltzer, Fanfare

"These works unfold with a spectrum of creative possibility, especially in Starobin's eloquent hands.  The guitarist brings refinement to every turn of phrase, whether the music is marching, dancing or crying.  This recording is a swansong to savor." - Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone

"What a wonderful tribute Starobin has paid Matiegka with his valedictory album.  I cannot think of a more generous gesture or more beautiful note on which an esteemed musical artist can end his active career." - Jerry Dubins, Fanfare



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