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Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Complete Music for Flute / Sara Ligas, flute; Elisa Marroni, piano

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  1. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: I. Tempo giusto $0.69 on iTunes
  2. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: II. Un poco mosso, ma non brillante $0.69 on iTunes
  3. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: III. Allegro alla Händel (Non troppo brillante) $0.69 on iTunes
  4. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: IV. Velocissimo e brillante $0.69 on iTunes
  5. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: V. Allegro giusto $0.69 on iTunes
  6. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: VI. Appassionato e stretto $0.69 on iTunes
  7. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: VII. Moto perpetuo $0.69 on iTunes
  8. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: VIII. Con molto brio $0.69 on iTunes
  9. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: IX. Rapido e brillante $0.69 on iTunes
  10. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: X. Leggero e veloce $0.69 on iTunes
  11. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XI. Velocissimo e molto leggero $0.69 on iTunes
  12. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XII. Leggero. Grazioso e veloce $0.69 on iTunes
  13. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XIII. Leggerissimo e grazioso $0.69 on iTunes
  14. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XIV. Moto perpetuo $0.69 on iTunes
  15. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XV. Mosso e leggerissimo $0.69 on iTunes
  16. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XVI. Un poco mosso, umoristico $0.69 on iTunes
  17. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XVII. Leggero veloce, giocoso $0.69 on iTunes
  18. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XVIII. Adagio $0.69 on iTunes
  19. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XIX. Vivacissimo, scintillante $0.69 on iTunes
  20. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XX. Ardito capriccioso ed assai mosso $0.69 on iTunes
  21. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XXI. In tempo di walzer $0.69 on iTunes
  22. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XXII. Agitato ed appassionato $0.69 on iTunes
  23. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XXIII. Adagio appassionato $0.69 on iTunes
  24. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XXIV. Rapido quanto possibile $0.69 on iTunes
  25. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XXV. Un poco vivace e capriccioso $0.69 on iTunes
  26. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XXVI. Capiccioso, con civetteria $0.69 on iTunes
  27. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XXVII. Un pochettino mosso $0.69 on iTunes
  28. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XXVIII. Sciolto, elegante e rapido $0.69 on iTunes
  29. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XXIX. Velocissimo e frizzante $0.69 on iTunes
  30. 30 Caprices for Flute Solo, Op. 107: XXX. Chaconne $0.69 on iTunes
  31. Sonata appassionata in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 140 $0.69 on iTunes
  32. Suite pointillistique in G Major, Op. 135: I. Leicht bewegt $0.69 on iTunes
  33. Suite pointillistique in G Major, Op. 135: II. Äusserst gedehnt (Larghetto) $0.69 on iTunes
  34. Suite pointillistique in G Major, Op. 135: III. Scherzo $0.69 on iTunes
  35. Suite pointillistique in G Major, Op. 135: IV. Gewichtig, breit, doch nicht zu langsam $0.69 on iTunes
  36. Impressions exotiques, Op. 134: I. Idylle champêtre $0.69 on iTunes
  37. Impressions exotiques, Op. 134: II. Danse pittoresque $0.69 on iTunes
  38. Impressions exotiques, Op. 134: III. Colibrì $0.69 on iTunes
  39. Impressions exotiques, Op. 134: IV. Lotus $0.69 on iTunes
  40. Impressions exotiques, Op. 134: V. Evocation a brahma $0.69 on iTunes
  41. Sinfonische Kanzone, Op. 114 (Ruhig, empfindungsvoll)
  42. Flute sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 121: I. Idyllisch, nicht schleppend (Allegro amabile) $0.69 on iTunes
  43. Flute sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 121: II. Äusserst langsam (Adagissimo) $0.69 on iTunes
  44. Flute sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 121: III. Sehr geschwind und leichthin $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Caprices (30) for flute solo, Op 107 ("Gradus Ad Parnassum")
>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Sonata Appassionata for flute solo in F sharp Minor, Op. 140
>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Suite pointillistique, for flute & piano, Op. 135
>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Impressions exotiques, for flute & piano, Op. 134
>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Erste Sinfonische Kanzone Op.85/1
>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Sonata for flute & piano in B major, Op. 121
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Notes & Reviews:

Sigfried Karg-Elert is remembered not even for the harmonium music by which he set such store but the reams of organ preludes, fantasies and fugues which lie, often gathering dust, on every organist's bench. His richly chromatic, densely harmonized idiom, not easily pigeonholed in 'Romantic' or 'Modern' boxes, and now better known through the music of his contemporary Max Reger, can struggle to find listeners in sacred contexts where the appetite for holy minimalism of the kind purveyed by Lauridsen and Whitacre is at its height. However, Karg-Elert was nothing if not various and industrious (he also made a most successful arrangement of Elgar's First Symphony for piano), and this album of flute music shows quite a different side to him, perhaps a more appealing one to modern audiences. As a teenager he learnt to play the flute, oboe and clarinet, and his teachers included no less than Carl Reinecke, composer of the concerto that is still a mainstay of the professional flautist's romantic repertoire. His output for the instrument includes nothing on the scale of his mighty Second Sonata for harmonium, but 30 solo Caprices show a thoroughgoing understanding of its technical challenges and possibilities - not for nothing are they subtitled 'Gradus ad Parnassum' and yet exhibit plenty of the dazzle and sparkle that should draw listening pleasure from non-flautists. The late Sonata for flute and piano could almost be a dream of what Brahms would have done had he written for the instrument in his late, exploratory fashion, whereas the Suite Pointillistique and Impressions Exotiques are more immediately beguiling sets of character pieces. Perhaps the difference in the character of his output is best illustrated by the Sinfonische Kanzone: this one, Op.114 for flute and piano, is flighty and yet no less harmonically stimulating than the cud-chewing chromatic meanderings of the organ work of the same title, Op.85. The work is performed here with appropriate élan by two Italian musicians who are experienced teachers in their own right.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
The works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933) are part of the flute's standard repertory, so many people have made satisfying recordings.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Accademia Musicale Teclas, Perugia, Italy (04/2014).



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>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Caprices (30) for flute solo, Op 107 ("Gradus Ad Parnassum")
  • Performer: Sara Ligas (Flute)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Sonata Appassionata for flute solo in F sharp Minor, Op. 140
  • Performer: Sara Ligas (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Suite pointillistique, for flute & piano, Op. 135
  • Performers: Sara Ligas (Flute); Elisa Marroni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Impressions exotiques, for flute & piano, Op. 134
  • Performers: Sara Ligas (Flute); Elisa Marroni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Erste Sinfonische Kanzone Op.85/1
  • Performers: Sara Ligas (Flute); Elisa Marroni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Sonata for flute & piano in B major, Op. 121
  • Performers: Sara Ligas (Flute); Elisa Marroni (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918