Michael Winkler plays Francisco Tárrega

Artist: Michael Winkler

Title: Michael Winkler plays Francisco Tárrega

Catalogue No.: EOS 234200-15

Release: 13.03.2020


The guitarist Michael Winkler is internationally known as a musical frontier crosser, especially through the Eos Guitar Quartet. After his debut LP, the highly acclaimed Bach album and the CD midlife with original compositions, he now presents his fourth solo album with original compositions by Tárrega.

Francisco Tárrega 1852-1909, was a Spanish guitarist and composer. He is still considered the founder of modern guitar playing and the most prominent guitarist and teacher of his era. “When I first heard Tárrega’s music as a young man, I was immediately in love with the melodies, harmonies and elegance of his waltzes. I played the pieces at every opportunity until they became “my” pieces. Later I discovered polyphony and forgot about Tárrega’s music, until finally in 2019 I dared to reinterpret it with a grasp of my eyes. I interpreted many things more slenderly and rhythmically tighter than at that time, thought phrasings larger, but also took more time. The beautiful spatial sound of the band supported my joy of playing, stimulated my creativity and fulfilled my wish to record the CD in a natural acoustic.

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Andreas & Michael Winkler – Passage West

Artist: Andreas & Michael Winkler

Title: Passage West

Catalogue No.: eos234200-14

Release: 10.05.2019


The two exceptional artists Andreas Winkler, vocals & Michael Winkler, guitar present their second album with Irish and Scottish ballads as well as songs and Scottish folk dances. The second album is more intimate, reflective and focuses even more on the virtuoso interplay of guitar and vocals. The two classically trained musicians recorded the traditional songs from their very own perspective. Their unique arrangements transform these old folk songs of the British Isles into classical sounds at concert hall level.

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EOS Guitar Quartet – Live

Title: “Live”

Catalogue No.: 234200-12

Release: 09.02.2018


It doesn’t take much to image that the material on this CD could be an initiative launched by Swiss diplomats. A Swiss guitar quartet playing compositions by a Cuban and a American. For many years, relations between Cuba and the USA were not particularly friendly – until Barack Obama opened a new era of diplomacy between the two nations in 2016. As a neutral country, Switzerland has often erved as an intermediary between the United States and other countries.

But this is not about diplomacy. The Eos Guitar Quartet often performs works by Leo Brouwer and Ralph Towner and has commissioned these artists to compose original music for the quartet. Everyone knows and appreciates each other. And as a highly specialized chamber music ensemble, the Eos Guitar Quartet naturally tries to help expand the repertoire for such a formation.
This Performance of Gismontiana is a live recording of a concert featuring the Eos Guitar Quartet together with the Musikkollegium Winterthur conducted by composer Leo Brower. The Concert took place in the Stadthaus Winterthur, Switzerland.


Gismontiana Egberto Gismonti (*1947)/Leo Brouwer (*1939)
1 Frevo 5’18” Egberto Gismonti/Leo Brouwer
2 Água e Vinho 6’41” Egberto Gismonti/Leo Brouwer
3 Baião Malandro 5’23” Egberto Gismonti/Leo Brouwer
4 A Fala da Paixão 7’20” Egberto Gismonti/Leo Brouwer
5 Cadenza 4’09” Egberto Gismonti/Leo Brouwer
6 Loro 5’37” Egberto Gismonti/Leo Brouwer
Confluence Ralph Towner (*1940)
7 Waltz 7’30” Ralph Towner
8 Slow 5’18” Ralph Towner
9 Allegro 7’32” Ralph Towner
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