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Carl Czerny
Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6
1 CD | 74min | Nr. SWR19419CD
CD 1: » Carl Czerny: Symphony No. 6 g minor
» Carl Czerny: Symphony No. 2 op. 781

This is the only available recording of Carl Czerny’s Symphony No. 6. His symphonies clearly show that Czerny was not only a gifted composer of piano studies. A charming, elegant work full of wit and grace. This re-release makes an SWR Classic Bestseller once again available (ex. 93.169).

Many people, especially pianists, know Carl Czerny only as a composer of piano studies. But Czerny was more than “just” a master of études, and he was more than “just” a composer with a regular output. His oeuvre contained thousands of pieces, amounting to more than 860 numbered publications. But these symphonies display Czerny’s strengths particularly clearly: within their four-movement form he develops an intelligent musical dramaturgy. The music impresses with its consistency, testament enough for a composer who is still undervalued today. The performances are highly effective: the musicians of the SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern give their all, their enthusiasm clearly heard, and Grzegorz Nowak's conducting is full of life and wit.