Torsten Wiemann | Songs Without Words

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Carlo Domeniconi John Williams The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Album Links
Torsten Wiemann Tradebit MusicIsHere PayPlay Apple iTunes

More Artists From
United States - California

Other Genres You Will Love
Classical: Twentieth Century Classical: Classical era Moods: Instrumental
There are no items in your wishlist.

Songs Without Words

by Torsten Wiemann

A compilation of classical and contemporary guitar music that tells stories from around the world, including pieces from Qualey, Barrios, and Domeniconi.
Genre: Classical: Twentieth Century
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Buy 2 or more of this title and get 20% off
Share to Google +1

Tracks

Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
share
time
download
1. Los Caujaritos
Share this song!
X
3:02 $0.99
2. Koyunbaba, Moderato
Share this song!
X
4:23 $0.99
3. Koyunbaba, Mosso
Share this song!
X
1:42 $0.99
4. Koyunbaba, Cantabile
Share this song!
X
4:50 $0.99
5. Koyunbaba, Presto
Share this song!
X
4:25 $0.99
6. Kinkachoo, I Love You
Share this song!
X
2:51 $0.99
7. Mysterious Habitats
Share this song!
X
3:02 $0.99
8. Willows
Share this song!
X
1:47 $0.99
9. The Magic Box
Share this song!
X
3:20 $0.99
10. Danza Paraguaya
Share this song!
X
2:25 $0.99
11. Bad Boy
Share this song!
X
3:22 $0.99
12. Lieder Ohne Worte, Opus 19, Nr. 2
Share this song!
X
2:38 $0.99
13. Lieder Ohne Worte, Opus 19, Nr. 6
Share this song!
X
1:41 $0.99
14. Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring
Share this song!
X
3:48 $0.99
15. Son del Barrio
Share this song!
X
4:19 $0.99
16. La Misionera
Share this song!
X
2:46 $0.99
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Songs Without Words is a compilation of classical, contemporary classical, and Latin pieces, many of which he has played live at various events in the United States and Germany. The album is titled after Mendelssohn's famous piano compositions, two of which are here arranged for guitar.

"[Words] seem to me so ambiguous, so vague, so easily misunderstood in comparison to genuine music, which fills the soul with a thousand things better than words."
- Felix Mendelssohn

Torsten selected music from around the world – from the Near East, Africa, Australia, Europe and the Americas – because of the enjoyment he gets from playing these pieces, and for the stories they tell. Called ‘programmatic music’, these compositions tell a tale – such as Koyunbaba’s description of a shepherd’s experience of the landscape of a region in Turkey, or The Magic Box, which relates how a small town in Cameroon was introduced to the gramophone.

"The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety."
- Felix Mendelssohn

Programmatic music, pieces that tell a story, always appealed to Torsten. When he performs, he likes to take a moment before each number to share with the audience something about the composer, the arranger, or about the meaning or the mood of the pieces.

Influences & Favourites

Torsten has been playing David Qualey’s arrangement of the Bach piece, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, since 1987. Many of Qualey’s distinctive compositions are favourites of Torsten’s, often incorporating ragtime and swing beats among the classical pieces. The unique interpretation and expression of Das Frankfurter Gitarrenduo of guitar and lute so impressed Torsten that he included several of their pieces in his repertoire. Torsten’s overall favourite classical composer is J. S. Bach. Spaniard Narciso Yepes was one of the few guitarists Torsten is aware of who played Bach with a 10-string guitar, the bigger range of the instrument making it sound closer to the original version.

Torsten's Background

Growing up in Germany, Torsten picked up the acoustic guitar at 13 years old – all his friends were learning electric guitar, but he couldn’t afford one. As he began teaching himself from books and an extensive collection of sheet music from the Münster City Library, he found that classical music suited him. He liked folk music too, but he couldn’t sing and play at the same time (well, in fact, he says, he can’t sing at all). When he encountered a small Andante by Ferdinando Carulli, he was hooked. The piece captured him and it was the first that he memorized. He was fascinated by the polyphonic nature of the guitar, the ability to play two or more voices simultaneously.

After moving to San Diego, California, Torsten joined the MiraCosta College Guitar Ensemble in 1996, where he was fortunate to meet a number of talented amateur classical guitarists who would become long-time friends – Gary Peek (a professional bassist who plays several duets with Torsten on Songs without Words), Don Wilson, John McLaren – and where he worked with guitarist Peter Pupping. Torsten’s playing benefited from the influence of several professional guitarists in the San Diego area with whom he also became friends, namely Scott Wolf, Randy Pile, Eric Foster, Colin McAllister, and Jimmy Patton. The guitar which Torsten uses for most of the tracks on Songs without Words was built by Pepe Romero, Jr., a luthier of the famous Romero clan here in San Diego.

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."
- Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965


Reviews


to write a review

Scott Wolf

A wonderful set of pieces for the classical guitar superbly performed and interp
This eclectic set of aptly titled "songs without words" showcases some of the most important composers of the 19th and 20th centuries and utilizes the lyrical quality of the selections to create a wonderful journey through distict cultures and times.

The recording quality is excellent and Mr. Wiemann and his partner's technical abilities and musical interpretations are of the highest degree. This is a great CD to begin one's journey into the world of the classical guitar, or for those seasoned guitarists who are ready for a fresh perspective on some of the most wonderful works in today's repertoire.