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Carl Czerny - Piano Sonatas, Volume 3

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2011


Martin Jones



Wyastone, Monmouth, UK

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Sonata No.10 in B-flat Op.268 (1831)

1 I Allegro con spirito 8:25
2 II Adagio espressivo 7:21
3 III Scherzo: Molto allegro quasi presto 3:52
4 IV Finale: Allegro con fuoco 9:42

Rondino No.6, 'Les Jours Passées' on an original theme in E-flat Op.42 (1823)


Sonatine, in G Op.251 (c.1830)

6 I Allegro animato 4:40
7 II Andante, sostenuto e cantabile 3:39
8 III Scherzo: Allegro vivace e con neglgenza 1:40
9 IV Rondo: Allegro vivace 4:46

Gran Capriccio, in C minor Op.172 (c.1828)

10 I Adagio non troppo - Allegro 4:24
11 II Andante serioso 4:47
12 III Presto 4:29

Sonata no.3, in F minor Op.57 (1824)

13 I Allegro moderato 7:13
14 II Andante con moto ma serioso 6:37
15 III Scherzo: Allegro molto agitato 6:19
16 IV Finale: Allegro ma non troppo. Capriccioso 11:17

Andante and Allegro

17 I Andante espressivo 3:36
18 II Molto allegro 3:01

Romance Op.755 No.13 (c.1845-50)


Capriccio à la Fuga Op.89 (1826)


Sonata no.4, in G Op.65 (1824)

21 I Allegro vivace con energia 10:26
22 II Adagio molto espressivo 7:35
23 III Presto 4:06
24 IV Finale: Rondino scherzando 7:22

A torchbearer at Beethoven’s funeral, Beethoven’s pupil, friend and protégé Carl Czerny is almost forgotten today except as the author of educational piano pieces and the author of a long-influential piano method. But like his peers among Beethoven’s circle of friends, notably Ferdinand Ries and Ignaz Moscheles, Czerny was one of those who carried on the torch of the late-classical style into the early years of the age of Romanticism, and made a distinctive contribution through his own creative work. He was a gigantically prolific composer, and much of his huge output has remained unknown since his death. Yet there is plenty in it that is worth searching out, and as a virtuoso pianist his most substantial piano works, such as the sonatas, give him a definite claim to fame.

Despite teaching at times as many as ten hours a day, Czerny managed to compose an immense amount of music, eventually totalling over 1,000 works. It is said that he composed so prolifically that he worked on several compositions simultaneously. He would set up a series of desks in his workroom, each with a different work in progress on it. Czerny would start with one, fill two facing pages, go to the next desk, fill two pages of that work, and so on. By the time he returned to the first desk, the ink would have dried, he could turn the page, and go on.

"...I found the overall recording to be a tremendous feat of pianism of which both pianist and production team should be proud. With it, Jones notches up yet another conspicuous victory, showing Czerny to be a vastly underrated, deeply motivated musician whose piano music needs to be given a very long second look."

Mark Tanner - International Record Review - September 2011

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