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KUHLAU, Friedrich (1786-1832)

SONATAS IN E FLAT MAJOR AND A MINOR • SONATINA IN C MAJOR


  • Jens Lühr, piano

Friedrich Kuhlau was among the most important early Romantic composers in Denmark, becoming known as the ‘Danish Beethoven’ for his popular works for flute. The Piano Sonata, Op. 127 reveals a deep expressiveness reminiscent of Chopin’s Études, while the sophisticated Piano Sonata, Op. 8a shows Kuhlau’s contemplative, darker side before closing with typical virtuoso esprit. The charm and elegance of the Sonatina, Op. 21, No. 1 has delighted piano students for generations.

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Tracklist

 
Piano Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 127 (1815) (00:22:00 )
1
I. Allegro (00:11:05)
2
II. Adagio con molto espressione (00:04:05)
3
III. Finale: Allegro con spirito (00:06:52)
 
Piano Sonata in A Minor, Op. 8a (1812) (00:27:00 )
4
I. Allegro non troppo ed espressivo * (00:09:38)
5
II. Adagio con anima * (00:08:46)
6
III. Allegro di molto con agitazione * (00:08:06)
 
Piano Sonatina in C Major, Op. 20, No. 1 (1820) (00:08:00 )
7
I. Allegro (00:03:05)
8
II. Andante (00:02:21)
9
III. Rondo: Allegro (00:02:30)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:56:28

The Artist

Jens Lühr Lühr is known as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as being an interpreter of contemporary music, playing or taking part in several premieres. In 2012 and 2014 he won second prize at the International Music Competition of France (CMF) in the highest category for pianists.