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Friedrich Kulau: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 / Copenhagen Piano Quartet

Album Summary

>Kuhlau, Friedrich : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 32
>Kuhlau, Friedrich : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 50
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Notes & Reviews:

Friedrich Kuhlau was the most cosmopolitan personality in Danish music at the beginning of the 19th century. A creative, forward-looking and extremely productive composer, he rarely let his pen lie idle. The two piano quartets recorded on this CD by the young Copenhagen Piano Quartet are major works from the composer's most artistically fertile decade, besides testifying to Kuhlau's own brilliance as a pianist.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
DaCapo released the complete Kuhlau piano quartets on a two-disc set in 1996, and nearly 20 years later have seen fit to do it all over again, or at least Kuhlau's first two quartets so far, this time in plush 5.0 multichannel SACD glory.

The quartets were written in 1821 and 1832 and sound like early Beethoven; in fact you'll hear a few direct quotes from Beethoven. The piano part, also reveling in early Beethoven-type figuration and style, is dominant and very demanding in that late 18th-Century fashion familiar from Clementi, Dussek, Ries, and their ilk. There are plenty of interesting solos, lots of counterpoint and dialog among strings and piano, and Quartet 1 even includes a lengthy fugue in its finale. Kuhlau is best in fast movements.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, The Conc (2013-12-04_2013-12-05&2013-); The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, The Conc (2014-06-05_2014-06-07&2014-).



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>Kuhlau, Friedrich : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 32
  • Ensemble: Copenhagen Piano Quartet
  • Notes: The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, The Concert Hall (2013-12-04_2013-12-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Kuhlau, Friedrich : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 50
  • Ensemble: Copenhagen Piano Quartet
  • Notes: The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, The Concert Hall (2014-06-05_2014-06-07&2014-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music