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Cramer: Seven Late Sonatas / John Khouri


Release Date: 12/30/2003 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1128   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Baptist Cramer
Performer:  John Khouri
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The German-born, Anglicized composer, instrument builder, and publisher J.B. Cramer was an outstanding representative of the London Piano School. In the late 18th-century and 1s half of the 19th, two schools of piano playing came to prominence. One is the so-called Viennese school and the other the school of Field (so described by Friedrich Wieck). This school might more accurately be called the school of piano playing based in London which was founded by J.C. Bach and Muzio Clementi. These and succeeding pianists admired the English grand pianoforte and used it whenever possible. Now badly neglected, Cramer wrote keyboard sonatas of outstanding merit, the best of which are resurrected in this collection. Curiously, for the last 31 years of Read more his life, Cramer stopped composing in this genre. Why? One reason is that the sonata as a form had become unfashionable in England during this period, most pianists writing for the more popular market. Another reason Cramer's whole output declined after 1830 may be that he felt completely out of sympathy with the new pianos, with the new style of composition and with the new pianists. Although he knew many of the new pianistic stars, he found little sympathy for their music and playing styles. He was firmly committed to the pre-1835 Broadwood grand, with its leather hammers, triple stringing and wooden frame. The new school of piano playing alienated him and in turn he became a relic of the past, respected to his face but privately scorned. Out of sync with the prevailing musical climate, there as no demand for his serious works and he simply stopped producing them. These last sonatas then, represent a final flowering of his compositional talent coinciding with the final phase of the early Broadwood grand piano. The performer's previous fortepiano recordings of works by Beethoven, Weber, Clementi and Dussek have been favourably reviewed in Gramophone, Fanfare, Musica, and other trade journals. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano in E major, Op. 62 "Le retour à Londres" by Johann Baptist Cramer
Performer:  John Khouri (Fortepiano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1818; London, England 
2. Sonata for Piano in E minor, Op. 59 "Les suivantes no 3" by Johann Baptist Cramer
Performer:  John Khouri (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1817; London, England 
3. Sonata for Piano in E major "Amicitia" by Johann Baptist Cramer
Performer:  John Khouri (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; London, England 
Notes: This sonata was arranged by Cramer from a previous Piano and Strings Quintet, Op 69. 
4. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, Op. 58 "Les suivantes no 2" by Johann Baptist Cramer
Performer:  John Khouri (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1817; London, England 
5. Sonata for Piano in D minor, Op. 63 by Johann Baptist Cramer
Performer:  John Khouri (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1821; London, England 
6. Sonata for Piano in F major, Op. 74 "Il mezzo" by Johann Baptist Cramer
Performer:  John Khouri (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1827; London, England 
7. Sonata for Piano in A minor, Op. 53 "L'ultima" by Johann Baptist Cramer
Performer:  John Khouri (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1812; London, England 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata in E major, Op. 62, "Le Retour a Londres": I. Introduzione: Largo assai - Allegro
Piano Sonata in E major, Op. 62, "Le Retour a Londres": II. Andante, quasi allegretto
Piano Sonata in E major, Op. 62, "Le Retour a Londres": III. Rondo: Allegro non tanto
Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 59, "Les suivantes No. 3": I. Allegro agitato
Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 59, "Les suivantes No. 3": II. Adagio espressivo assai
Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 59, "Les suivantes No. 3": III. Rondo: Allegretto con mosso
Piano Sonata in E major, "Amicitia" (arr. of Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 69): I. Introduzione: Largo assai - Andantino - Allegro giocoso
Piano Sonata in E major, "Amicitia" (arr. of Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 69): II. Adagio patetico
Piano Sonata in E major, "Amicitia" (arr. of Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 69): III. Rondo: Allegretto scherzando con brio
Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op. 58, "Les suivantes No. 2": I. Allegro spiritoso
Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op. 58, "Les suivantes No. 2": II. Largo sostenuto
Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op. 58, "Les suivantes No. 2": III. Rondo: Allegretto
Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 63: I. Introduzione: Grave - Piu mosso e agitato - Tempo moderato ma energico
Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 63: II. Adagio maestoso ed espressivo assai
Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 63: III. Allegretto con moto
Piano Sonata in F major, Op. 74, "Il mezzo": I. Allegro con spirito
Piano Sonata in F major, Op. 74, "Il mezzo": II. Andante con espressione
Piano Sonata in F major, Op. 74, "Il mezzo": III. Rondo: Vivace
Piano Sonata in A minor, Op. 53, "L'ultima": I. Grave - Moderato, energico ed espressivo assai
Piano Sonata in A minor, Op. 53, "L'ultima": II. Andantino quasi allegretto
Piano Sonata in A minor, Op. 53, "L'ultima": III. Rondo piu tosto moderato

Customer Reviews

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 As great as Beethoven July 14, 2012 By Anthony G. (valley stream, NY) See All My Reviews "These sonatas are on par, and sometimes even surpass, any of the Beethoven sonatas in their lyricism, composition, and sheer musicality.If you love the piano repertoire of the late Classical period, then this is an absolutely essential work to own, to know and to love. It bears repeated hearings to discern and absorb its greatness. " Report Abuse
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