Ernst Krenek: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 4; George Washington Variations; Echoes from Austria

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Phoenix Edition is a German label that opened its doors in May 2008; its founder was the former driving force behind the Capriccio label, a major player in the dissemination of worthy, under-recognized literature that sank along with the bankruptcy of Delta Music GMBh the previous year. Out of the box, Phoenix Edition is declaring its commitment to Ernst Krenek through labeling this and one other release as belonging to an Ernst Krenek Edition; this is a project carried over to some extent from Capriccio. Russian pianist Mikhail Korzhev is featured in Krenek's second and fourth piano sonatas; the "Five Piano Pieces, Op. 39"; the suite "Echoes of Austria"; "George ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Phoenix Edition is a German label that opened its doors in May 2008; its founder was the former driving force behind the Capriccio label, a major player in the dissemination of worthy, under-recognized literature that sank along with the bankruptcy of Delta Music GMBh the previous year. Out of the box, Phoenix Edition is declaring its commitment to Ernst Krenek through labeling this and one other release as belonging to an Ernst Krenek Edition; this is a project carried over to some extent from Capriccio. Russian pianist Mikhail Korzhev is featured in Krenek's second and fourth piano sonatas; the "Five Piano Pieces, Op. 39"; the suite "Echoes of Austria"; "George Washington's Variations"; and the "Foxtrott" from the "Little Suite, Op. 13." Korzhev introduces no new works to the recorded catalog here, but it would be very difficult to obtain all of the various recordings they have been collected on; it is convenient to have them all under one roof as here. This is a good selection of Krenek's piano music, emphasizing his dry wit, love of crisp rhythmic ideas, and direct, uncluttered textures. However, a certain amount of sentimentality was not completely outside of Krenek's bag of tricks; in "Echoes from Austria" (1958), Krenek returns with a nostalgic backwards glance to his homeland and delivers something that is as delicate as a puff pastry, yet with a bittersweet overtone. "George Washington's Variations" (1950) is more whimsical; Krenek introduces a Charleston rhythm in the midst of his restatement of a minuet from George Washington's era. The piano sound is a little dry and Korzhev's delivery a little cool and uncommitted, but this isn't a disservice to the music, given its basic character: Apollonian, detached, purposeful, borderline neo-classical, and decidedly anti-romantic in tone and intent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Phoenix Edition
  • UPC: 811691011295
  • Catalog Number: 129
  • Sales rank: 244,187

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 Piano Pieces (5), Op. 39 - Ernst Krenek & Artur Bodenstein (10:12)
    Composed byErnst Krenek
    1. 1Allegro ma non troppo
    2. 2Andante quasi adagio
    3. 3Vivace
    4. 4Moderato affettuoso
    5. 5Tempo giusto
  2. 6–8 Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 59 - Ernst Krenek & Artur Bodenstein (16:21)
    Composed byErnst Krenek
    1. 6Allegretto
    2. 7Alla marcia, energico
    3. 8Allegro giocoso
  3. 9–12 Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 114 - Ernst Krenek & Artur Bodenstein (21:57)
    Composed byErnst Krenek
    1. 9Sostenuto
    2. 10Andante sostenuto, con passione
    3. 11Rondo
    4. 12Tempo di minuetto, molto lento
  4. 13–19 George Washington Variations, for piano, Op. 120 - Ernst Krenek & Artur Bodenstein (13:06)
    Composed byErnst Krenek
    1. 13Washington's Grand March
    2. 14The same elaborated upon
    3. 15Battle Music
    4. 16Elegy
    5. 17The Chase (a canon)
    6. 18Sarabande
    7. 19Grand Finale, with the Marital Cottillion
  5. 20–26 Echoes from Austria, for piano, Op. 166 - Ernst Krenek & Artur Bodenstein (10:46)
    Composed byErnst Krenek
    1. 20Molto moderato
    2. 21Allegro
    3. 22Allegretto
    4. 23Allegro moderato
    5. 24Moderato
    6. 25Allegretto animato
    7. 26Larghetto
  6. 27 Little Suite, for piano, Op. 13a: Foxtrott - Ernst Krenek & Artur Bodenstein (1:16)
    Composed byErnst Krenek
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Performance Credits
Mikhail Korzhev Primary Artist
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