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KALKBRENNER, F.: Piano Sonatas, Op. 1, Nos. 1, 2 and 3 (Gerosa)

KALKBRENNER, F.: Piano Sonatas, Op. 1, Nos. 1, 2 and 3 (Gerosa)

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Luigi Gerosa



Sacile, Italy


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Total Time - 65:25
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KALKBRENNER, F.: Piano Sonatas, Op. 1, Nos. 1, 2 and 3 (Gerosa)

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Piano Sonata in F Minor, Op. 1, No. 1

1 I. Agitato 11:08
2 II. Andante 06:07
3 III. Rondo: Presto 05:46

Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 1, No. 2

4 I. Allegro brillante 07:43
5 II. Andante non troppo 11:27
6 III. Rondo: Allegro vivace 03:36

Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 1, No. 3

7 I. Allegro 09:12
8 II. Andante non troppo 04:54
9 III. Rondo: Allegro di molto 05:32
 Luigi Gerosa Soloist

Kalkbrenner was a very prolific composer and published nearly 200 opus numbers, mostly dedicated to his instrument (but his catalogue also includes three operas, a Stabat Mater and the cantata Die Zwingburg). The three Piano Sonatas Op. 1 that open the list of his compositions were published around 1807, when Kalkbrenner was just twenty-two years old, and are the works with which the German composer debuted in front of his audiences. They are a very clear calling card, where credentials and promises are manifest.

The First Sonata, in F minor, in three movements like the following two, opens with an exquisite Agitato run through by stormy quakes, a piece, inbetween Haydn and Beethoven, in which Kalkbrenner’s specific elements of piano technique are in evidence. It is followed by a thoughtful Andante in C major, delicate and expressive, with a more dramatic central section. The most interesting movement is undoubtedly the third and last, a Rondo, Presto: vaguely Hungarian, a passage of great brilliancy and strongly characteristic in an idiomatic sense. In the Second Sonata, in C major, the classical influence is more prominent, in the initial Allegro brillante - with its pompous march rhythms, so much in vogue after 1790 - as well as in the central Andante non troppo and Rondo, Allegro vivace, the latter openly Mozartian.

The collection is completed by the Third Sonata, in G major, which in the opening Allegro shows once again a few Beethoven influences, especially evident in the development section. The second movement, Andante non troppo, tranquil and cantabile, is a very beautiful passage, introspective and tinged in melancholy. The Sonata ends with a Rondo, Allegro di molto that is ceremonious, graceful and full of 18th-century charm, altogether worthy of the role as heir of the classics that Kalkbrenner wanted for himself throughout his life.


                             *** - Good

Luca Segalla - Musica magazine (Italy) - March 2014

                ****   (Excellent Album)

Marc Vignal - Classica magazine - February 2014

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