CARL CZERNY (1791-1857): Der Pianist im klassischen Style, Op. 856 - 48 Preludes and Fugues.
Catalogue Number: 07X028
Label: Piano Classics
Description: The interest that Czerny nurtured for the fugue, especially regarding the piano, unquestionably derived from his familiarity with Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, a collection that was widely admired at the time and closely studied by the youthful Carl during the period of his early lessons with his father, himself a pianist and teacher. The importance that Czerny attributed to a genre that was actually beginning to lose favor among audiences also relates to the fact that the Well-Tempered Clavier had likewise been fundamental for Beethoven, who was shortly to become Czerny’s teacher and in due course also his friend. Overall the composer takes pains to integrate the principles of High-Baroque counterpoint with the ‘galant’ style that preceded the Biedermeier in the early decades of the 19th century, making this a collection, published in 1857, at once of and outside its time. 2 CDs. Emanuele Delucchi (piano).