“Carl Czerny: Piano Music, Volume One”
Fantaisie sur des mélodies de Beethoven, Op. 752,
Impromptu brilliant sur un thème national suisse, Op. 429,
Impromptu sentimental sur le thème O nume benefico’ de lopéra La gazza ladra, de Rossini, Op. 523,
L’Écho des Alpes Suisses, Livre 2 No. 1, Introduction & Variations brillantes sur l’air suisse Alles liebt/Tout aime, Op. 428,
Élégantine ou Rondeau brilliant, Op. 136, No. 2.
Jingshu Zhao (Piano).
The Viennese-born Carl Czerny (1791–1857) is best remembered for his countless pedagogical studies, hundreds and hundreds of them. But Czerny’s astonishing fecundity – his opus numbers go up to 861, but there is much more music than that – has served to obscure the fact that he was an important composer in his own right, his works forming a link between Beethoven (his teacher) and Liszt (his student), between the Classical and Romantic eras. The pieces recorded here, all for the first time, reflect the brilliance of his own playing and were intended to impress the salons of Biedermeyer Vienna.