Composer: Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer: Susan Alexander-Max
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Size: 253 MB
Piano Sonata in E flat, Op. 13
01. I. Allegro con brio
02. II. Adagio con gran espressione
03. III. Finale: Allegro con spirito
Piano Sonata in F minor Op. 20
04. I. Allegro moderato – Adagio – Allegro agitato
05. II. Adagio maestoso
06. III. Finale: Presto – Ancor piu presto
Bagatelles, Op. 107
07. No. 3. La contemplazione (Una fantasia piccola)
Finalist in the International Bach Competition, Susan Alexander-Max is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, and a native of New York City. Her previous recording of chamber music by Hummel was awarded top ratings from BBC Music Magazine and was received throughout the world to outstanding critical acclaim. Highlights of her performances include some of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, including the Cheltenham International Festival of Music; Queen’s Festival of Early Music, Belfast; the English Haydn Festival; the Haydn Festival, Eisenstadt, Austria; the Vleeshuis Museum, Antwerp; and the Prague Spring International Festival of Music.
Susan Alexander-Max performs these rarely recorded sonatas on a Joseph Brodmann fortepiano built in Vienna in 1814. It is the first time they have been recorded on a period instrument.
During his stay in Vienna between 1811 and 1816, Johann Nepomuk Hummel very probably knew and played the Brodmann pianofortes, identical to the one in the collection at the Museé de la musique where the performances were recorded.