«August Alexander Klengel: Piano And Chamber Music”
|August Alexander Klengel||
Divertissement, Op. 6, for piano,
Grand Trio Concertant in C minor, Op. 36,
Six Nocturnes, Op. 23, for piano,
Air suisse avec variations in B flat major, Op. 32, for piano and violin,
Romances sentimentales de caractère mélancolique, passioné et calme, Op. 34, for piano,
Fantaisie sur un thème russe in A minor, Op. 23, for piano.
To the extent that he is remembered at all, the Dresden-born August Alexander Klengel (1783–1852) retains a toe-hold in music history thanks to a monumental set of 48 canon and fugues. But Klengel was an important early-Romantic composer and celebrated piano virtuoso, with a reputation that stretched from St Petersburg to London. This first recording of his piano and chamber music reveals a personality with a strong lyrical impulse, somewhere between Field, Mendelssohn and Chopin, all three of whom he knew personally.