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Carl Loewe: Piano Music, Vol. 1 / Linda Nicholson, piano

Album Summary

>Loewe, Carl : Gypsy Sonata, for piano, Op. 107
>Loewe, Carl : Mazeppa - A Tone-Poem after Byron, for piano, Op. 27
>Loewe, Carl : Grand Sonata for piano in E major, Op. 16
>Loewe, Carl : Alpine Fantasy, for piano, Op. 53
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Carl Loewe (1796 - 1869) is remembered today chiefly as a composer of ballads. Yet there is a considerable body of piano music that is strikingly innovative in content, expression and harmony. A major figure in ushering in the Romantic era his works contain the germs of ideas later taken up by composers such as Wagner and Liszt. This is the first of a series of recordings done in conjunction with Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne. Linda Nicholson is one of the foremost keyboard players specializing in the performance of Baroque, Classical and early Romantic music on instruments of the period.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Linda Nicholson is a founding member of the London Fortepiano Trio. Here she plays an instrument built by Collard and Collard in 1849-50. Scales and other passagework emerge with admirable clarity. Nicholson plays with lots of excitement and fire. In tougher movements, chiefly the presto from the Sonata in E or the fugal passage in the Alpine Fantasy, she shows excellent technique and control. This is warmly recommended to anyone interested in the backwater of romantic piano music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: WDR Studio, Cologne, Germany (11/17/2012-11/19/2012).



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Works Details

>Loewe, Carl : Gypsy Sonata, for piano, Op. 107
  • Performer: Linda Nicholson (Piano)
  • Notes: WDR Studio, Cologne, Germany (11/17/2012-11/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Loewe, Carl : Mazeppa - A Tone-Poem after Byron, for piano, Op. 27
  • Performer: Linda Nicholson (Piano)
  • Notes: WDR Studio, Cologne, Germany (11/17/2012-11/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Loewe, Carl : Grand Sonata for piano in E major, Op. 16
  • Performer: Linda Nicholson (Piano)
  • Notes: WDR Studio, Cologne, Germany (11/17/2012-11/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829

>Loewe, Carl : Alpine Fantasy, for piano, Op. 53
  • Performer: Linda Nicholson (Piano)
  • Notes: WDR Studio, Cologne, Germany (11/17/2012-11/19/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835