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Beethoven: Bagatelles And Dances Vol 2 / Jenó Jandö


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553798   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following a very successful first collection, here is Volume 2 of Beethoven's Bagatelles and Dances for piano. In other words: all the things you never would have expected from the composer of the monumental Ninth Symphony or the gigantic Hammerklavier Sonata. All but three of these sketchy miniatures--Contredanses, Ecossaises, Menuet, Bagatelle, Preludes, Fugue, etc.--are pre-1800 compositions, showing the path followed by Beethoven from apprenticeship to mastery. The most famous piece is the Fantasia Op. 77, which gives a hint of Beethoven's enormous skills as an improviser. It is nonetheless a rather patchy work that Jenö Jandó's precise, joyful, and naturally paced performance manages to unify. Composed in 1795, the charming 12 German Read more Dances WoO 13 give us the rare opportunity to hear Beethoven as foot-warmer for the Ladies and Gentlemen of Viennese high society. Schubert probably knew this music and was inspired by it while writing his own sets of dances. The transcription for piano solo of the 3rd Concerto's last movement coda is another worthwhile curiosity. The gem of this collection is perhaps the Bagatelle "Lustig-Traurig" (Joyous-Sad). Jandó's simple, tasteful, and witty playing does it full justice, as equally the case with the rest of the CD. Although it's not the most essential program, it's a highly enjoyable one. The sound is as clear and lively as the performances.

--Luca Sabbatini, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Fantasia for Piano in G minor, Op. 77 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 10 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2. German Dances (12) for Piano, WoO 13 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 14 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3. Ecossaises (6) for Piano, WoO 83 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4. Minuet for Piano in E flat major, WoO 82 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1805; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5. Allegretto for Piano in C minor, Hess 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1795-1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6. Polonaise for Piano in C major, Op. 89 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7. Bagatelle for Piano in C major, WoO 54 "Lustig-Traurig" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
8. Rondo for Piano in C major, WoO 48 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Bonn, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
9. Prelude for Piano in F minor, WoO 55 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1805 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10. Fugue for Piano in C major, Hess 64 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
11. Contradances (12), WoO 14 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
12. Preludes (2) through 12 Major Keys for Piano/Organ, Op. 39 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Bonn, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 7 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13. Concert Finale for Piano in C major, Hess 65 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820-1821; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This work is Beethoven's arrangement of the coda to the finale of his Piano Concerto no 3, Op 37. 

Sound Samples

Fantasia in G minor, Op. 77: Fantasia, Op. 77
12 German Dances, WoO 13
7 Contredanses, WoO 14
6 Ecossaises, WoO 83
Menuett in E flat major, WoO 82
Allegretto in C minor, Hess 69
Polonaise in C Major, Op. 89: Polonaise in C major, Op. 89
Bagatelle in C major, WoO 54, "Lustig-Traurig"
Rondo in C major, WoO 48
Prelude in F minor, WoO 55
2 Preludes through all 12 Major Keys, Op. 39: 2 Preludes, Op. 39
Fugue in C major, Hess 64
Concert Finale in C major, Hess 65

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