Label: ARTE NOVA (1999)
Heitor Villa Lobos (1887-1959) - Etudes pour la guitarra
No.1 Etudes des arpèges
No.2 Des arpèges - Très animé
No.3 Des arpèges - Un peu animé
No.4 Des accords répétés - Un peu modéré
No.6 Un peu animé
No.7 Très animé
No.9 Un peu animé
No.10 Animé (Version de 1928)
No.12 Un peu animé
Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) - Sonata for Guitar Op. 47
From the booklet:
Johanes Tonio Kreusch
(Translation: Sigrid Pothoff)
Few have played these Etudes so well!
(Guitar Review, New York)
Johannes Tonio Kreuschs Interpretation "...seems to reveal untapped resources in the music
and to subvert convention..."
Johannes Tonio Kreusch's recording "Johannes Tonio Kreusch plays Villa-Lobos and Ginastera" (OEHMS Classics) won the french "Classica Repertoire Award". Here is what they said:
Complete collections of Villa-Lobos' twelve Études for guitar are so few that this rendition, recorded by Johannes Tonio Kreusch, is clearly the most definitive since the legendary, but dated, works of Narcisco Yepes or Julian Bream. The German guitarist displays an exceptional artistic temperment and commitment for one so young (28 years of age at the time of the recording).
The listener is won over from the very first by an extremely "symphonic" performance and a
superb technical mastery evoking rare force. Kreusch is unsurpassed in recapturing the tensions,
the subtle changes in atmosphere and in assuming the flavor of Villa-Lobos and Alberto
Another masterpiece of guitar literature, Alberto Ginastera's Sonata Opus 47, replete with popular reminiscences of Argentina, explores the instrument's resources from a decidedly more contemporary perspective: percussions, frictions, rubbings, game before the bridge, etc. Kreusch right away finds the right tone, with a touch sometimes verging on the grotesque, but whose strength never fails to dominate admirably.
This is a disk which, not only brings euphoria to the listener, but makes him want to
discover Kreusch's other recordings, whose contents sometimes borrow unexpectedly from heart
of Latin American musical paths.
Christelle Cazaux, Classica-Répertoire, April, 2004
(Translated from the French by John Posniak)