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NEEFE, C.G.: 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773) / BEETHOVEN, L. van: 9 Variations on a March by Dressler (S. Kagan)

NEEFE, C.G.: 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773) / BEETHOVEN, L. van: 9 Variations on a March by Dressler (S. Kagan)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Susan Kagan

Soloist

Venue:

Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York



Record Label
Grand Piano

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 126:33
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NEEFE, C.G.: 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773) / BEETHOVEN, L. van: 9 Variations on a March by Dressler (S. Kagan)

     
     
 

CHRISTIAN GOTTLOB NEEFE



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12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 1 in D minor

 
1 I. Allegro con spirito 3:50
     
2 II. Poco adagio 3:58
     
3 III. Allegretto 2:55
     
 

12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 2 in D major

 
4 I. Allegretto grazioso 4:03
     
5 II. Tempo di minuetto 2:41
     
 

12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 3 in G major

 
6 I. Vivace 4:04
     
7 II. Andante con tenerezza 2:56
     
8 III. Allegro assai 2:25
     
 

12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 4 in C minor

 
9 I. Allegro 3:39
     
10 II. Andante con gusto 1:33
     
11 III. Presto 2:24
     
 

12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 5 in C major

 
12 I. Allegro moderato 5:41
     
13 II. Largo e mesto 4:04
     
14 III. Allegro e scherzando 1:43
     
 

12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 6 in F major

 
15 I. Poco lento e languido 8:00
     
16 II. Tempo di minuetto 3:03
     
 

12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 7 in B flat major

 
17 I. Allegro 4:43
     
18 II. Arioso ed un poco sostenuto 3:05
     
19 III. Molto presto 3:47
     
     
     


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12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 8 in E flat major

 
1 I. Allegretto e cantabile 4:58
     
2 II. Poco largo 2:59
     
3 III. Presto 1:58
     
 

12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 9 in C minor

 
4 I. Moderato 4:24
     
5 II. Minuetto 3:01
     
6 III. Polacca 1:33
     
 

12 Keyboard Sonatas: Sonata No. 10 in C major

 
7 I. Con gusto 3:40
     
8 II. Minuetto 1:20
     
9 III. Rondeau 1:30
     
 

12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 11 in D major

 
10 I. Allegro con spirito 3:21
     
11 II. Andante con gravita 2:12
     
12 III. Minuetto 2:30
     
 

12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 12 in A major

 
13 I. Tempo giusto 2:53
     
14 II. Minuetto 3:58
     
15 III. Alla Polacca 2:05
     
 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

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9 Variations on a March by Dressler, WoO 63

15:37
     
 Susan Kagan Soloist


Christian Gottlob Neefe flourished as the Baroque was giving way to the Classical period. These Twelve Sonatas represent important steps in this transition, each having a uniquely individual character and showing a mixture of styles. Neefe is remembered today as Beethoven’s first main teacher in Bonn, the Dressler Variations being young Ludwig’s first published composition.

 
"Although most of Neefe’s fame as a composer came from writing popular Singspiele, he also published 12 keyboard sonatas, which are the main items on this premiere recording featuring pianist—and distinguished Fanfare alumna—Susan Kagan ... this is fine music ... I found that the closer attention I paid to Neefe’s music, the more I enjoyed it, and, in fact, there are some gems here, such as the Sonata in G Major ... both sonatas in C Major ... the Sonata in B?, the second sonata in C Minor, and the Sonata in A Major ... Kagan succeeds admirably at bringing this music to life, and if there is any moment on this recording where her pianism is less than sparkling, stylish, and engaging, I must have missed it. Kagan’s way with the Beethoven variations is equally persuasive. The quality of the recorded sound is very fine."
 
Radu A Lelutiu - Fanfare - September 2012

"Compositions for keyboard from both [Christian Gottlob Neefe] and [Ludwig van Beethoven] are the subject of this new CD, which features performances courtesy of pianist Susan Kagan and her sublime right and left. The first collection of pieces presented here—Neefe’s Twelve Sonatas... This recording also features young Beethoven’s first published composition, The Dressler Variations. Just listen closely, and you can hear the sound of history being made." 
 
Chris Morgan - Scene Magazine - July 2012

"...Overall, the works are pleasant, well-crafted... [Kagain] particularly shines in slow movements: notice, for example, how she colourfully differentiates detached and sustained articulation in No 1’s Poco adagio and No 7’s Arioso. Kagan’s warm sonority receives beautiful reproduction in one of the best-engineered piano releases I’ve heard originating from Joseph Patrych’s Sound Studio..."
 
Jed Distler - Gramophone magazine - September 2012

"The 12 sonatas on these two discs, which are distributed by Naxos, are crisp and bright. Susan Kagan’s clear technique plays up the music’s competency, its gentle rising and falling. The music is worlds away not only from Beethoven but from Mozart too. The lines are simple. The Andante of the Sonata in G, for instance, would make a good theme for a historical romance movie—better than the New-Agey stuff filmmakers often use. The set ends with Beethoven’s first published composition: a set of variations on a mournful march by another contemporary composer, Christoph Dressler. Not earth-shaking, but not bad for a boy of 11. And fascinating to listen to, because sometimes you can sense how he was thinking."   *** 
 
Mary Kunz Goldman - The Buffalo News - April 2012



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