Hausmusik20th Century Chamber Music for the HomeWilliam Anderson, Guitar

William Anderson: Hausmusik cover

Hausmusik features classical guitarist William Anderson with his colleagues from the Cygnus Ensemble in stunning performances of 20th c. solo and chamber music, much of which has never been recorded before.

The disc opens with a splashy, irresistable rendition of Hindemith's Rondo for Three Guitars (1925). The recording takes its title from a composition by Kreneck entitled Hausmusik. In this set of 7 short pieces recorders, violin, guitar and piano are used in different combinations. Despite the domestic intent of the music, these are striking pieces. Hans Erich Apostel's Sechs Musiken receives spectacular treatment in Anderson's Hands. These European works are mirrored by American which relate to the home (and architecture) in obvious or surprising ways -Robert Martin's exquisite little piece called Henry's Lullaby was written for Anderson's son Henry.

“Anderson’s playing is of a high order of dexterity, virtuosity, and brilliance, and is indicative of the tremendous advances made in gutiar technique over the past four decades. Prior to that, very few guitarists would have had the skill to even begin to play such demanding works....Guitar aficionados are strongly advised not to miss it." - David Denton, Fanfare