Tami Krausz & Shuann Chai – Kühl, nicht lau (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:07:06 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Classical
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The early nineteenth century was an era of great stylistic changes in music, as composers searched for new forms of expression and tonal possibilities, which spurred rapid innovation in the field of instrument design and manufacturing. A larger sound spectrum and greater variety of technical possibilities became a defined ideal. Ludwig van Beethoven and Friedrich Kuhlau were musical giants of their time, both seeking to exploit fully the potential brought by these new developments. Beethovens Serenade bends the boundaries of Classicism with impulsive dynamic changes and contrasting motifs, while Kuhlaus Grande Sonate Concertante eagerly explores a more Romantic aesthetic, containing an expressive freedom in its virtuosic writing and rich harmonic textures. The juxtaposition of Beethoven and Kuhlaus music on this recording is inspired by the two composers’ first and only encounter in Baden on the 2nd of September 1825. This charming moment in music history is remembered with a canon Beethoven wrote on the text ‘Kühl, nicht lau’ (cool, not lukewarm), a friendly pun on Kuhlau’s name.
The era of Ludwig van Beethoven and Friedrich Kuhlau was one of great stylistic changes in music, as composers searched for new forms of expression and tonal possibilities while stimulating a rapid pace of innovation in the field of instrument design and manufacturing. This recording is anchored by two pillars of the nineteenth century repertoire for flute and piano: Beethoven’s Serenade, originally conceived as a trio for flute, violin and viola, bends the boundaries of classicism with impulsive dynamic changes and measured attention to timing, while Kuhlau’s Grande Sonate concertante reaches eagerly for a more Romantic aesthetic, inviting expressive freedom in its virtuosic writing and rich harmonic textures. The juxtaposition of works of Beethoven and Kuhlau on this recording is inspired by the delightful account of their personal encounter in September 1825, after which Beethoven wrote a canon on the text “kühl, nicht lau” (“cool, not lukewarm”), a friendly pun on Kuhlau’s name.
01. Lyrische Suite: I. Allegretto giovale (3:04)
02. Lyrische Suite: II. Andante amoroso (5:42)
03. Lyrische Suite: III. Allegro misterioso – Trio estatico (4:03)
04. Lyrische Suite: IV. Adagio appassionato (6:02)
05. Lyrische Suite: V. Presto delirando – Tenebroso (5:02)
06. Lyrische Suite: VI. Largo desolato (5:29)
07. Langsamer Satz, M. 78: Langsam, mit bewegtem Ausdruck (10:13)
08. Intermezzo und Scherzo für Streichorchester, Op. 8: I. Scherzo Presto (7:08)
09. Intermezzo und Scherzo für Streichorchester, Op. 8: II. Intermezzo (6:30)
Tami Krausz, eight-keyed flute
Shuann Chai, fortepiano