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Kuhlau: Piano Sonatinas, Opp. 55 & 88
Kuhlau: Piano Sonatinas, Opp. 55 & 88
Genre: Classical


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All Artists: Jando
Title: Kuhlau: Piano Sonatinas, Opp. 55 & 88
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Naxos
Original Release Date: 1/1/2008
Re-Release Date: 6/24/2008
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Forms & Genres, Sonatas, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Romantic (c.1820-1910)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 747313071074

CD Reviews

Simple Sonatinas Primarily Intended for Piano Students
J Scott Morrison | Middlebury VT, USA | 09/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"No one is going to confuse Friedrich Kuhlau (1786-1832) with Mozart or Beethoven. He was a journeyman musician -- pianist, composer, teacher -- who lived primarily in northern Germany and Denmark. He wrote tons of piano music, much of it with pedagogical intent. That certainly is the case with these sonatinas from his Opp. 55 & 88. I certainly recall playing a couple of them as a young piano student, and remember them fondly. There is nothing here that would strain the capabilities of a student with little more than a year or two of study under his or her belt.

Still, there is tunefulness, clear structure and rhythmic vitality in these pieces, and they make for pleasant, if undemanding, listening. Jenö Jandó, Naxos's pianist for all seasons, makes them sound as good as is possible and he is given clear, lifelike sound. His well-regulated piano is also quite a good one for this repertoire; it has a appropriately light tone.

Scott Morrison