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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.

The Composer

Friedrich Kuhlau

Born near Hanover, Kuhlau settled in Denmark in 1810 as a pianist and composer, winning an important position in Danish music of the period and a reputation as a concert pianist. Much of his music was destroyed in a fire in 1832.

Stage Works

Kuhlau’s operas and incidental music show contemporary French and German influences in the age of Weber. His incidental music for Elverhøj (‘The Elf Hill’) was written in 1828 for royal wedding celebrations and makes use of Danish folk-melodies.

Chamber Music

In addition to his piano quartets and violin sonatas, Kuhlau left a larger quantity of music for the flute, an instrument he himself did not play. These compositions satisfied a contemporary demand and retain a place in present flute repertoire.

Reviews

“All of this music rings true. There is a superior presence behind every movement. Jens Luhr plays it all with poetic grace.” – Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review