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Luigi Cherubini: Sonatas for Piano nos 1 - 6 / Francesco Giammarco, piano

Audio Samples

>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 1 in F major
>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 2 in C major
>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 3 in B flat major
>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 4 in G major
>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 5 in D major
>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 6 in E flat major

Album Summary

>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 1 in F major
>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 2 in C major
>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 3 in B flat major
>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 4 in G major
>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 5 in D major
>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 6 in E flat major
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

While Cherubini is best remembered for his vocal music, these six sonatas are assured instrumental works that do justice to his status as one of Beethoven's most notable contemporaries. Performed with gusto and flair, they offer moments of exquisite expression which provide a tantalizing hint of what the Italian went on to achieve in his operas and sacred compositions.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Sintesi, Venice (05/10/1990-05/15/1990).



Reviews

Pleasing early keyboard music
Luigi Cherubini lived in Florence in the late 1700’s. Per the well-written liner notes, Giuseppi Sarti (a famous opera composer at the time) was one of Cherubini’s teachers in counterpoint and in writing for the theater – and some of this is certainly reflected in the six piano sonatas recorded here.

The music itself is somewhat playful and has that wonderful Baroque liveliness that I always very much enjoy. In that sense, this disc does not disappoint in the slightest. That being said, the pieces themselves lack the complexities that one typically finds in the works of a composer like Mozart (there was, after all, only one Mozart), but that does not detract from the music itself. Rather, I found that I enjoyed this disc much more when I set my expectations appropriately and historically, given that Cherubini was one of the composers of that era that was exploring the sonata form and the instruments available to him. The liner notes also indicate that Cherubini disliked particularly slow and fast tempi, which rather forces the material to come across somewhat less “complicated” than it otherwise might be, but it is still very enjoyable.

As for Mr. Giammarco’s playing, it is top notch and very well suited to Cherubini’s compositions. I enjoyed this disc a great deal, and if early compositions of this period suit you, I do indeed recommend it.

Submitted on 08/27/12 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 1 in F major
  • Performer: Francesco Giammarco (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Sintesi, Venice (05/10/1990-05/15/1990)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1780

>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 2 in C major
  • Performer: Francesco Giammarco (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Sintesi, Venice (05/10/1990-05/15/1990)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1780

>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 3 in B flat major
  • Performer: Francesco Giammarco (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Sintesi, Venice (05/10/1990-05/15/1990)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1780

>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 4 in G major
  • Performer: Francesco Giammarco (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Sintesi, Venice (05/10/1990-05/15/1990)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1780

>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 5 in D major
  • Performer: Francesco Giammarco (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Sintesi, Venice (05/10/1990-05/15/1990)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1780

>Cherubini, Luigi : Harpsichord Sonata no 6 in E flat major
  • Performer: Francesco Giammarco (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Sintesi, Venice (05/10/1990-05/15/1990)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1780