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Ernst Krenek: Piano Works / Stanislav Khristenko, piano

Audio Samples

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for Piano no 2, Op. 59
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Little Suite, for piano, Op. 13a
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Piano Pieces (5), Op. 39
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 92/4
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Echoes from Austria, for piano, Op. 166
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for Piano no 7, Op. 240

Album Summary

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for Piano no 2, Op. 59
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Little Suite, for piano, Op. 13a
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Piano Pieces (5), Op. 39
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 92/4
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Echoes from Austria, for piano, Op. 166
>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for Piano no 7, Op. 240
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Notes & Reviews:

Expedition Audio Recommended
... This is really interesting and very enjoyable music! If you have an interest modern piano music (Krenek wrote all of these pieces between 1922 and 198 that pushes the Romantic envelope but doesn’t ever tear it, give this a try. ... read more ...

When Glenn Gould performed his last public piano recital in Los Angeles on April 10, 1964, he included Ernst Kreneck's Piano Sontata No. 3- alongside works of Bach. This is a clear indication of Kreneck's significance as a twentieth-century composer. This new release also presents Kreneck's seven part cycle from Echoes from Australia- an homage to the homeland which drove him out and in which he is still underrated today.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Khristenko, who also includes the 1928 Second Sonata, plays the music expertly. I hope he records the other five sonatas.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus Wien (Schubertsaal) (07/23/2011-07/24/2011).



Reviews

Educational Disc of Works from Krenek
Ernst Krenek was a contemporary composer, and this recording features six of his works for the solo piano. The first (“Klaviersonate No. 2, Op. 59), written in 1929, is a seeming mishmash of jazz, atonality, Schubertian march (in the second movement), and some rhythms that hint at or are suggestive of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue”. The second work (“Little Suite, Op. 13a) starts off with some Bach sounding musical material, turns into a Sarabande and Gavotte followed by a Waltz, then a Fugue, and ends with a Fox Trot. If this sounds quite strange, it’s because it is, but the piece as a whole seems to “work”.

The third piece is “Funf Klavierstucke, Op. 39” which consists of five different simplistic tunes that are rather disjoint in nature. Following that is “Klaviersonate No. 3, Op. 39”, a piece that the informative liner notes indicate that Glenn Gould included in his last public recital in Los Angeles in 1964. Unfortunately for me, this is exactly the type of contemporary piece that I find off-putting. That being said, I have several friends that would definitely enjoy not only this work, but this particular performance as well.

The last two works are “Echoes from Austria, Op. 166” and “Klaviersonate No. 7, Op. 240”. The former is a short seven movement work based for the most part on Austrian folk tunes, and is very pleasing to the ear and the mind. The last piece is the composer’s last piano sonata, written in 1988, and again for me it falls into the “not my type of thing” category, making use of twelve-tone techniques and lacking the lyricism that I find preferable.

This disc itself was interesting, in that the pieces themselves spanned Krenek’s life and compositional evolution. As for Stanislav Khristenko (piano), his playing is exemplary and brings back fond memories of seeing him perform with the Phoenix Symphony. While this disc will not likely spend a great deal of time in my CD player, it was a positive educational listening experience.

Submitted on 09/10/12 by KlingonOpera 
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>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for Piano no 2, Op. 59
  • Performer: Stanislav Khristenko (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Wien (Schubertsaal) (07/23/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Little Suite, for piano, Op. 13a
  • Performer: Stanislav Khristenko (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Wien (Schubertsaal) (07/23/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Piano Pieces (5), Op. 39
  • Performer: Stanislav Khristenko (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Wien (Schubertsaal) (07/23/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 92/4
  • Performer: Stanislav Khristenko (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Wien (Schubertsaal) (07/23/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Echoes from Austria, for piano, Op. 166
  • Performer: Stanislav Khristenko (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Wien (Schubertsaal) (07/23/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Krenek, Ernst [Composer] : Sonata for Piano no 7, Op. 240
  • Performer: Stanislav Khristenko (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus Wien (Schubertsaal) (07/23/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern