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Adagio 02:56
Allegretto 08:42


The arpeggione, also known as bowed guitar, violoncello guitar or guitar d’amore, was a stringed instrument with a fretted fingerboard and six strings, tuned like those of a classical guitar in two octaves ranging from E to e’. The first arpeggione was made in 1832 by Johann Georg Stauffer in Vienna.

Although the Arpeggione Sonata has been co-opted by cellists for as long as they have known for it’s existence – an ad lib cello part appeared in the very first edition in 1871 – it is perfectly suited for the guitar as well.

At first sight, the inclusion of the Arpeggione sonata in a recording of Schubert’s songs might seem a little strange. But if one considers this CD as a recording of Schubert’s music performed on the guitar, it turns out to be quite a natural choice. Further more, we enjoyed playing it so much that we decided to add it as an extra.


released September 1, 2003

Olga Franssen, guitar
Esther Steenbergen, guitar
Niek Wijns, recording director
instruments, Otto Vowinkel


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Classical guitarist Esther Steenbergen is internationally renowned both as soloist and ensemble player and is recognized for her fresh approach to the repertoire. She works as a soloist, in ensembles and as an accompanist of singers and instrumentalists. Occasionally she takes part in theater productions. ... more

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