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Kuhlau: Piano Sonatinas Op 55 & 88 / Jeno Jandó


Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570710   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Friedrich Kuhlau
Performer:  Jénö Jandó
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Some delightful piano works in the spirit of Haydn and Mozart.

This release marks another disc in the lengthening series of Kuhlau’s compositions on Naxos.

Kuhlau, born in 1786 to a musician with the German Army, began his musical education in Lüneburg with piano, and also began to compose at that time. Around 1800 he studied with C. F. G. Schwenke, the man who succeeded C. P. E. Bach in the position as Hamburg Stadtkantor. By 1804, Kuhlau was in the process of launching his career as a pianist in earnest. Blind in one eye since childhood, Kuhlau fled to Copenhagen under an alias to avoid mandatory military service; his half-blindness evidently did not compel the authorities to exempt him. He
Read more eventually became a naturalised citizen of Denmark and established his base there for the rest of his life.

Known to this reviewer primarily for his compositions for flute — various discs have been released recently of his flute sonatas and trios on Naxos and other labels. Kuhlau also produced a number of other pieces, primarily for chamber ensembles.

The works on offer on the present disc are short and charming, with most movements lasting no longer than three minutes. Jandó does right, I think, in keeping the performances simple and straightforward. The object of these pieces is not to impress or give a listener a good deal of food for thought. These are meant primarily to entertain. They are likely to be familiar to piano students worldwide. There isn’t much here that would surprise the listener, but there are a few moments of particular interest, such as the unexpected similarity of the opening movement of the Sonatina in A minor, Op. 88 No. 3 to Beethoven’s 1810 Für Elise. Another standout is the opening Allegro maestoso of the Op. 55 No. 6 Sonatina in C which, with its length of just over seven minutes, allows for a bit more mulling over of its thematic material.

The recording aesthetic for this disc is just what one would expect from Naxos: warm ambience without losing presence or definition. Jandó gives these pieces a clean and clear performance. Quite a pleasant disc for casual listening.

-- David Blomenberg, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonatinas (6) for Piano, Op. 55: no 1 in C major by Friedrich Kuhlau
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Copenhagen, Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2. Sonatinas (4) for Piano, Op. 88: no 1 in C major by Friedrich Kuhlau
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1827; Denmark 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3. Sonatinas (6) for Piano, Op. 55: no 2 in G major by Friedrich Kuhlau
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4. Sonatinas (6) for Piano, Op. 55: no 3 in C major by Friedrich Kuhlau
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5. Sonatinas (6) for Piano, Op. 55: no 4 in F major by Friedrich Kuhlau
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Copenhagen, Denmark 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
6. Sonatinas (6) for Piano, Op. 55: no 5 in D major by Friedrich Kuhlau
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Copenhagen, Denmark 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7. Sonatinas (6) for Piano, Op. 55: no 6 in C major by Friedrich Kuhlau
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 11 Minutes 31 Secs. 
8. Sonatinas (4) for Piano, Op. 88: no 2 in G major by Friedrich Kuhlau
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
9. Sonatinas (4) for Piano, Op. 88: no 3 in A minor by Friedrich Kuhlau
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1827; Denmark 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
10. Sonatinas (4) for Piano, Op. 88: no 4 in F major by Friedrich Kuhlau
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 55, No. 1: I. Allegro
Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 55, No. 1: II. Vivace
Piano Sonatina in G major, Op. 55, No. 2: I. Allegretto
Piano Sonatina in G major, Op. 55, No. 2: II. Cantabile
Piano Sonatina in G major, Op. 55, No. 2: III. Allegro
Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 55, No. 3: I. Allegro con spirito
Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 55, No. 3: II. Allegretto grazioso
Piano Sonatina in F major, Op. 55, No. 4: I. Allegro non tanto
Piano Sonatina in F major, Op. 55, No. 4: II. Andantino con espressione
Piano Sonatina in F major, Op. 55, No. 4: III. Alla polacca
Piano Sonatina in D major, Op. 55, No. 5: I. Tempo di marcia
Piano Sonatina in D major, Op. 55, No. 5: II. Vivace assai
Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 55, No. 6: I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 55, No. 6: II. Menuetto
Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 88, No. 1: I. Allegro
Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 88, No. 1: II. Andantino
Piano Sonatina in C major, Op. 88, No. 1: III. Rondo: Allegro
Piano Sonatina in G major, Op. 88, No. 2: I. Allegro assai
Piano Sonatina in G major, Op. 88, No. 2: II. Andante cantabile
Piano Sonatina in G major, Op. 88, No. 2: III. Vivace
Piano Sonatina in A minor, Op. 88, No. 3: I. Allegro con affetto
Piano Sonatina in A minor, Op. 88, No. 3: II. Andantino
Piano Sonatina in A minor, Op. 88, No. 3: III. Allegro burlesco
Piano Sonatina in F major, Op. 88, No. 4: I. Allegro molto
Piano Sonatina in F major, Op. 88, No. 4: II. Andante con moto
Piano Sonatina in F major, Op. 88, No. 4: III. Rondo alla polacca

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 Wonderful June 21, 2012 By Steven Howes (Winnipeg, MB) See All My Reviews "I've yet to be disappointed by any CD I've bought at this site. The pieces on this CD are exactly as the preamble describes them. Short and charming. No Complicated Goldberg style pieces just music that that you can listen to anytime and enjoy. I bought this one and the 59 & 20 CD as well. I love them both." Report Abuse
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