Ernst KRENEK: Piano Music, Volume Two

Catalogue No: TOCC0399
EAN/UPC: 5060113443991
Release Date: 2020-07-03
Composer: Ernst Krenek
Artists: Stanislav Khristenko

This first extended survey of the piano music of Ernst Krenek (1900–91) continues with a range of works showing his craftsmanship and imagination – and humour. The early Toccata and Chaconne, Op. 13, has its origins in a joke intended to pull the legs of musicologists and music critics, but it develops into a massive contrapuntal essay of astonishing ambit. Krenek’s treatment of Baroque and contemporary dances in the three early suites reveal a fondness for learned whimsy – and that wry dispassion informs even the elegiac and brittle Fifth Sonata, written a quarter-century later in American exile. The closing Sechs Vermessene are kaleidoscopic miniatures with an improvised quality, as if advanced musical modernism were meeting the freest of free jazz.

Stanislav Khristenko, piano

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    Toccata und Chaconne über den Choral ‘Ja ich glaub’ an Jesum Christum’, Op. 13 (1922)

  1. I Toccata
  2. II Chaconne
  3. Eine kleine Suite von Stücken über denselbigen Choral, verschiedenen Charakters, Op. 13a (1922)

  4. I Allemande
  5. Sarabande
  6. III Gavotte
  7. IV Waltz
  8. V Fugue
  9. VI Foxtrot
  10. Zwei Suiten, Op. 26, No. 1 (1924)*

  11. I Andante
  12. II Andante sostenuto
  13. III Allegretto
  14. IV Andante sostenuto
  15. V Allegretto
  16. Zwei Suiten, Op. 26, No. 2 (1924)*

  17. I Allegro moderato
  18. II Andantino
  19. III Allegro agitato
  20. IV Adagio
  21. V Allegretto
  22. Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 121 (1950)

  23. I Allegretto con grazia
  24. II Andante appassionato
  25. III Introduction and Rondo
  26. Sechs Vermessene, Op. 168 (1958)

  27. No. 1
  28. No. 2
  29. No. 3
  30. No. 4
  31. No. 5
  32. No. 6


1 review for Ernst KRENEK: Piano Music, Volume Two

  1. :

    ‘Ernest Krenek certainly has a sympathetic campaigner in Ukrainian-born pianist Stanislav Khristenko. […]

    I look forward to further volumes in what I hope will eventually become a complete cycle of Ernst Krenek’s piano music. Meanwhile, I must get myself up to speed with this rewarding composer’s catalogue of music.’

    —John France, MusicWeb International

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