CARL CZERNY (1791-1857): Overtures in C Minor, Op. 142 and in E, Benedicat nos Deus, Op. 737 (Jolaine Kerley [soprano], Joy-Anne Murphy [alto], Benjamin Butterfield [tenor], Paul Grindlay [bass], Edmonton Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Ratzlaff, Grzegorz Nowak (op. 142)]), String Quartets in E Minor and in D Minor, 2 Allegro Fugatos for String Quintet, Op. 177 (St. Lawrence String Quartet, Erika Raum [violin]), Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 148 (Anton Kuerti [piano], Members of St. Lawrence String Quartet), Grand Trio in A for Piano Trio, Op. 166 (Stéphane Lemelin [piano], Raum [violin], Thomas Wiebe [cello]), Grande Sérénade Concertante for Piano, Clarinet, Horn and Cello in E Minor, Op. 126 (Lemelin [piano], André Moisan [clarinet], Gerald Onciul [horn], Wiebe [cello]), Variations Brillantes sur un thème de Bellini for Piano 6 Hands, Op. 297 (Yaara Tal, Andreas Groethuysen, Kuerti [piano]), Etude in C Sharp Minor for Piano, Op. 399/10 (Wonny Song), Lieder: Des Mädchens Klage, Der Bund, Das Geheimnis, Der Erlkönig, Traum am Bach (Butterfield [tenor], Lemelin [piano]).
Catalogue Number: 01N034
Description: What a bonanza of unrecorded Czerny (just a few minutes under 4 hours!) - and all recorded live during the First Carl Czerny Music Festival in Edmonton, June 13-16, 2002. All of this, except for the eight-minute piano etude, is what Czerny called his "serious music", of which none of the many musicologists and critics who enjoyed pummeling him for his airy, mindless virtuosic show-pieces and his mindnumbing exercises, ever heard a note. By the way - the orchestral concert also included the Symphony No. 6 but this was not included here because a studio recording of it has since been issued on Hännsler Classic in 2006 (07I034). And, for you piano collectors - the total involving the instrument is around 135 minutes and its all fabulous! 3 CDs.