Kalkbrenner - 3 Piano Sonatas Op.4
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Cat No: CDS7707
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 29th June 2015
Around the end of the 18th century, the constant advancements of piano manufacturers led to a new figure of musician: the piano virtuoso. Clementi, Dussek, Hummel, Moscheles, Ries, Kalkbrenner, Steibelt, Field and Cramer were the protagonists of one of the most successful periods for the piano, which would culminate, around 1830, in the birth of a type of pianism (and of virtuosity) that was radically new as to form, contents and instrumental technique: the romantic pianism of Liszt, Thalberg, Chopin and Schumann.
Indeed, according to the critics, Kalkbrenner was, with Johann Nepomuk Hummel and Ignaz Moscheles, one of the most acclaimed and respected pianists of the day. Among the pianists of the romantic period, Fryderyck Chopin admired him and dedicated to him his Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor.
Kalkbrenner was a very prolific composer and published nearly 200 opus numbers, mostly dedicated to his instrument. The 3 Sonatas Op.4, published in 1809, clearly show Beethoven’s influence, mostly in terms of language and expressivity, but also – though less so – of technical difficulty.
Luigi Gerosa has performed in Italy and abroad both as a soloist – playing a repertoire that spans from Bach to the most important Romantic composers – and in chamber ensembles.
For Dynamic, he has recorded two CDs featuring world premières, which earned the praise of the Italian (Musica, Suonare News, Classic Voice, Suono, CD Classico) and international critics (Classica, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide): the first one (2009), features the Piano Sonatas by Johann Samuel Schröter, a late 18th century musician who was highly regarded by Mozart; the second one (2013), is dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm Kalkbrenner’s Piano Sonatas Op.1. The musicologist Marc Vignal, in the authoritative Paris magazine Classica, gave this CD a full four stars, defining Gerosa’s interpretation 'excellente'.
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