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NEEFE, C.G.: 12 Keyboard Sonatas (1773) / BEETHOVEN, L. van: 9 Variations on a March by Dressler (S. Kagan)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig vanNeefe, Christian Gottlob
Artist(s) Kagan, Susan, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue GP615-16
Label Grand Piano
Quality   320kbps

Christian Gottlob Neefe flourished as the Baroque was giving way to the Classical period. These Twelve Sonatas represent important steps in this transition, each having a uniquely individual character and showing a mixture of styles. Neefe is remembered today as Beethoven’s first main teacher in Bonn, the Dressler Variations being young Ludwig’s first published composition.


Review By Mario-Felix Vogt,Fono Forum,July 2012


Review By SteveHoltje,Culture Catch,April 2012

Here’s a prime example of how valuable this new label’s work is for piano connoisseurs in terms of given them access to unfamiliar music: Only one of Christian Gottlob Neefe’s sonatas is currently available apart from this new release. Neefe (1748-1798) was one of Beethoven’s teachers (starting when Beethoven was nine years old), and was responsible for introducing him to J.S. Bach’s music. These sonatas are charming little things, somewhere between Scarlatti and early Mozart, with the exception of the first, where the counterpoint suggests lightweight Bach. Kagan specializes in music of this era and sounds quite at home, with an appropriately light touch even though using a modern piano. This album is highly recommended to anyone interested in the


Review By Mary Kunz Goldman,The Buffalo News,April 2012

The 12 sonatas on these two discs, which are distributed by Naxos, are crisp and bright. Susan Kagan’s clear technique plays up the music’s competency, its gentle rising and falling. The music is worlds away not only from Beethoven but from Mozart too. The lines are simple. The Andante of the Sonata in G, for instance, would make a good theme for a historical romance movie—better than the New-Agey stuff filmmakers often use. The set ends with Beethoven’s first published composition: a set of variations on a mournful march by another contemporary composer, Christoph Dressler. Not earth-shaking, but not bad for a boy of 11. And fascinating to listen to, because sometimes you can sense how he was thinking. © 2012 The Buffalo News



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