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Gottlob Neefe: Complete Piano Sonatas; Beethoven 9 Variations, WoO 63 / Susan Kagan, piano

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  1. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 1 in D minor: I. Allegro con spirito $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 1 in D minor: II. Poco adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 1 in D minor: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 2 in D major: I. Allegretto grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 2 in D major: II. Tempo di minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 3 in G major: I. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 3 in G major: II. Andante con tenerezza $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 3 in G major: III. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 4 in C minor: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 4 in C minor: II. Andante con gusto $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 4 in C minor: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 5 in C major: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 5 in C major: II. Largo e mesto $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 5 in C major: III. Allegro e scherzando $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 6 in F major: I. Poco lento e languido $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 6 in F major: II. Tempo di minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 7 in B flat major: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 7 in B flat major: II. Arioso ed un poco sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 7 in B flat major: III. Molto presto $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 8 in E flat major: I. Allegretto e cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 8 in E flat major: II. Poco largo $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 8 in E flat major: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 9 in C minor: I. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 9 in C minor: II. Minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 9 in C minor: III. Polacca $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas: Sonata No. 10 in C major: I. Con gusto $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas: Sonata No. 10 in C major: II. Minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas: Sonata No. 10 in C major: III. Rondeau $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 11 in D major: I. Allegro con spirito $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 11 in D major: II. Andante con gravita $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 11 in D major: III. Minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 12 in A major: I. Tempo giusto $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 12 in A major: II. Minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Neefe — 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773): Sonata No. 12 in A major: III. Alla Polacca $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Neefe — 9 Variations on a March by Dressler, WoO 63

Album Summary

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor
>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 2 in D major
>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 3 in G major
>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 4 in C minor
>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major
>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major
>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major
>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 8 in E flat major
>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 9 in C minor
>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major
>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 11 in D major
>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 12 in A major
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (9) on a march by Dressler, for piano in C minor, WoO 63
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

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. Susan Kagan, a pianist, author, and educator, has explored the music of composers associated with Beethoven and his milieu.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The sonatas date from 1773 and stylistically link baroque with early Classic style. Neefe (pronounced NAY-fuh), is far from long-winded in his writing; each of the three-movement works takes around 10 minutes. They are easy enough to assimilate, display reasonable skills, but finally fall far short of any major reward for the listener. Too short for boredom to settle in, there is little here to really engage the mind or to titillate the ears.

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
The quality of the recorded sound is very fine.

In parting, I will simply say that if Neefe's music was good enough for Beethoven and is good enough for Kagan, it is certainly good enough for me.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011).



Reviews

Fascinating music from Beethoven’s first teacher
This 2 disc set consists mainly of Twelve Sonatas for keyboard written by Christian Gottlob Neefe, who is chiefly remembered (per the liner notes) for being Beethoven’s first important teacher. Around 1780 he became Beethoven’s teacher in piano, organ, thouroughbass, and composition, and introduced Beethoven to the Well-Tempered Clavier from J.S. Bach.

It is fascinating to hear what may have been some of the “seed material” that young Beethoven would later expand upon. The pieces themselves come across as simple versions of dance suites and Scarlatti keyboard sonatas (I definitely agree with the liner notes here), but are no less interesting given their simplicity. It is as if the listener is given a sneak-peak into the creative process, so seemingly straight-forward are the pieces. This is certainly not a criticism of Ms. Kagan’s playing – she performs each work as written, and there is a sense of pleasantness and humor to the recording that would be reduced to a feeling of sheer monotony under the hands of a lesser pianist.

The piece on the recording that is stunning, though, is “Nine Variations for Keyboard on a March by Dressler”, published in 1782 when it is believed that Beethoven was only 12 years old. According to the liner notes, Neefe had assigned his student a march theme in C-minor by Dressler upon which he was to compose variations. Oh my goodness! What Beethoven comes up with is wonderful, complex, and so very much the roots of the Beethoven that many of us know and listen to in wonderment – the contrast between the musical material we have been listening to and these variations is stunning. One hopes that Neefe gave his student a more than passing grade on this particular assignment!

I liked this recording very much, and definitely recommend it for those interested in exploring some of the musical roots of Beethoven.

Submitted on 08/27/12 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 1 in D minor
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 2 in D major
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 3 in G major
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 4 in C minor
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 5 in C major
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 6 in F major
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 8 in E flat major
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 9 in C minor
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 11 in D major
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Neefe, Christian Gottlob : Sonata for Piano no 12 in A major
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (9) on a march by Dressler, for piano in C minor, WoO 63
  • Performer: Susan Kagan (Piano)
  • Notes: Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (01/17/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/14/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/18/2011); Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York, NY (02/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1782