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Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Sonata in E flat major, Sonata in F major

Album Summary

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 13
>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 20
>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Six Bagatelles, Op. 107
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Notes & Reviews:

Hummel stayed in Vienna between 1811 and 1816 and it is likely that he knew and played pianofortes by Joseph Brodmann, identical to the 1814 instrument in the collection of the MusEe de la musique, on which these performances were recorded. Susan Alexander-Max is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in her native New York City. Her previous recording of works by Hummel was awarded top ratings from the magazine BBC Music. Susan Alexander-Max has played in many of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals. All Music Guide commented: 'Alexander-Max has an appreciation for Hummel's writing that comes through clearly in her confident and skilful playing, and although she easily could, she is careful not to grab the spotlight all for herself.'

BBC Music Magazine
While tone is fragile compared to a modern grand, the colours are striking. ... Max chooses more moderate tempos than many on disc... Her expansive approach allows the pulse of the F minor Sonata's opening, for example, to flex expressively within Hummel's own sudden tempo changes. Best is La contemplazione, a 'little fantasia'. Its serene opening includes charming dialogue between the upper and bass, while the middle section's shifting tonalities support alluring lyricism.

Gramophone Magazine
... the skill of Hummel in his exploitation of the keyboard is consistently impressive, bringing together Mozartian manners and a vein of Romanticism. Susan Alexander-Max, playing on a reproduction fortepiano of the period, is a most persuasive interpreter. It would be easy to make this music sound boring and conventional but she brings out the underlying liveliness, reflecting the impact that this music in the composer's hands made on audiences.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Amphithéâtre de la Cité de la musique, Paris (02/26/2008-02/27/2008).



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>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 13
  • Performer: Susan Alexander-Max (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Amphithéâtre de la Cité de la musique, Paris (02/26/2008-02/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 20
  • Performer: Susan Alexander-Max (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Amphithéâtre de la Cité de la musique, Paris (02/26/2008-02/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Six Bagatelles, Op. 107 :: no 3 La contemplazione, in A flat major
  • Performer: Susan Alexander-Max (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Amphithéâtre de la Cité de la musique, Paris (02/26/2008-02/27/2008)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic