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Monday, January 14, 2019
Friederich Kuhlau, Sonata in E Flat Major, Sonata in A Minor, Sonatina in C Major
Anyway the blurb tells us that "his popular works for flute" helped earn him the sobriquet of "The Danish Beethoven." All that is fascinating, but in any event and most importantly those not familiar with the Sonatas are in for a very happy surprise with this album. From the very beginning, the E Flat Major Sonata and its unexpected clock chime theme and the unrelentingly masterful treatment of the thematic material in Kuhlau's hands is a bit of a revelation.
All of this music rings true. There is a superior presence behind every movement. Jens Luhr plays it all with poetic grace.
Any lover of solo piano music will find this one hard to resist. It is a great argument for a Kuhlau revival. I certainly would love to hear yet more. In the meantime go confidently into this recording zone. It is all quite top-notch!