COROTO” (25th anniversary) (ECH 411CD)

Starting with the clarity of two Scarlatti Sonatas this celebratory recording follows with “Toques de Ida y Vuelta” a set composed by the mirror effect of old Spanish music standing in front of “new” Venezuelan music. Gaspar Sanz Españoletas and Canarios are answered by Alfonso’s Tonada and Joropo “Llanos”.

An all time two guitar classic, probably the most popular of all duets in the guitar repertoire, L’Encouragement by Fernando Sor takes us to the Iberian Peninsula where we are to stay via three fireworks by Manuel de Falla.

Music from the British Isles, Maxwell Davies, and the Beatles make an appearance before the excitement and poetry of Latinamerican music takes us to the end with two calm jewels as closeure.

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Magico”, 20th anniversary (KMK 66-55-05)

Here is a combination of archi well known composers and yet Montes Kircher managed to surprise us because of the originality of this repertoire that at first, looks not so.

Take for example the John Dowland pieces, they are original song and ballades never before arranged for two guitars, or the Adagio from Mozart’s sonata KV N° 332.

But we also find here the two soloist that each part of this duo are. Irina with a exhuberance and breathtaking interpretation of Giuliani’s Grand Overture while Alfonso show us a lirical, contrapuntual, and rhythmically powerfull Lauro.

But then the duo comes to the foreground with simply magic repertoire and magical interpretations.

4 Estaciones Porteñas from Astor Piazolla, three glorious arrengements on Gerswin evergreens, a youthfull suite from Alfonso Montes stating his position as one of Latinamerica’s most prolific composers, and not to forget the title piece of this CD, Magico by Ulrich Wedlich.

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El Cielo que Está (KMK 66-55-02)

A collection of new works first recorded and specially composed for the ocassion of the 10
th anniversary of the duo Montes-Kircher in 1994, including the exciting rhytmical latinamerican dances Son and Bambuco by Alfonso Montes, the Poetic Homage to Paco de Lucia by English composer Steve March, the mistical minimalistic Cantollano by Eduardo Marturet, the late romantic preludes of Alexis Rago, the wonderful varied and atractive melodic Suite Making Friends by Scotmann Peter Stewart and the magnificent virtuoso colage of jazz-flamenco of El Cielo que Está by the German composer Ulrich Wedlich.

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Concertino (HNM012)

A compilation of compositions by one of the most popular and distinguish latinamerican young names for the guitar, Alfonso Montes.

The virtuoso Concertino for guitar and orchestra opens this recording with Irina Kircher prooving, once again, what a fantastic virtuoso guitarrist and an special musician she is. Follows compositions for solo, duo, trio, and guitar quartet, making up for a wonderfully varied and colorfull musical experience.

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Tañido Vibrante (CDMM-FD25297670)

An anthology of 100 years of
Venezuelan guitar music including compositions from the 19th century until present trying to document the ways the strong tradition of the guitar in venezuela has taken.

It includes the best names from venezuelan guitar music as Heraclio Fernández, Vicente Emilio Sojo, Antonio Lauro and also some of the most distinguished names from the present generation, Eduardo Marturet, Aquiles Baez , and Alfonso Montes.

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Duo Montes Kircher Plays Montes (HNM008)

With the Sinfonietta de Caracas, Director Eduardo Marturet

Here are contained the first compositions of Venezuelan composer Alfonso Montes ever to be published. Mostly duos this legendary recording, produced by no lesser name than John Taylor, back in the beginnings of the nineties got raving reviews from the guitar press.

The three movements Fantasy for two guitars and orchestra is the opening, followed by Latinando a solo suite in three parts, follows the inocent suite melancolica, the more sofisticated suite Lugares leads us to the Suite Latina Milonga, Coroto, Son, Bossanova, Canción, and Bambuco. This recording is credited for having placed the Montes-Kircher among the very top guitar duos in the history of the guitar.

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