Kuhlau - Piano Sonatas & Sonatina | Grand Piano GP797

Kuhlau - Piano Sonatas & Sonatina

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Label: Grand Piano

Cat No: GP797

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 9th November 2018

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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.

Jens Lühr (b. 1968) was born in the same town as Friedrich Kuhlau, Uelzen, in northern Germany. He went on to study piano and piano teaching at the prestigious conservatories of music, in Hannover with the pianists Christa-Maria Hartmann and Bernd Goetzke, in Würzburg with Marta Janczewski-Sosinska, in Basle with Rudolf Buchbinder, as well as completing the concert pianist degree in Leipzig with Markus Tomas. During preparation for this recording, Lühr discovered numerous other, largely unknown piano compositions by Kuhlau. 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.

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