Friedrich Kuhlau: Klaverkvartetter 1 & 2
01 April 2015
Classical CD ReviewGerman-born Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau
(1786-1832) was a lesser-known contemporary of Beethoven. He enjoyed a highly successful career writing a great deal of music for piano as well as chamber music, along with several major works for the stage. However, Kuhkau's music seldom shows up in concert halls. His music surely is pleasant enough as evidenced by this fine recording of his piano quartets 1 and 2. The first dates from 1820-21; the second followed a decade later.
These are full-scale works that display the composer's skill in writing for the piano. The young Copenhagen Piano Quartet (Benedikte Damgaard, violin; Kristina Fialova, viola; Adm Stadnicki, cello; and pianist Neel Bramssnaes Teilmanr, piano) makes a strong case for the music, and the engineering is superb. Offering a very natural concert hall perspective.