Selected recordings of Kuhlau's music
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From a countless number of records I have chosen 35 recordings comprising 112 compositions from all categories of Kuhlau's oeuvre.
The choice is only meant as an appetizer and I cannot guarantee that all the records are still available, but on the Internet you can
easily find many more.

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The most comprehensive selection of Kuhlaus piano music is the four recordings by the Danish pianist Thomas Trondhjem 1992-2000 for RONDO. They have been much praised in Danish as well as in other newspapers and journals.

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The cover of Thomas Trondhjem's
Kuhlau-recording vol.4

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The Italian pianist Loredana Brigandž is known for recording forgotten masterpieces. Her four recordings with Kuhlau's piano music include among others the two virtuous "Grande Sonatas" op.4 and 5a.

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You can find many recordings of Kuhlau's small sonatinas; here with the Danish pianist Erik Fessel.

Piano music

Kuhlau Piano Works vol.1 - Thomas Trondhjem
Variations for piano on Det var en lørdag aften, f-minor, opus 22
Variations for piano on Manden med glas i hånd, C-major, opus 14
Variations for piano on God dag, Rasmus Jansen med din kofte, a-minor, opus 15
Sonata for piano, G-major, opus 34
Sonata for piano, G-major, opus 46:1
Sonata for piano, d-minor, opus 46:2
Sonata for piano, C-major, opus 46:3

Thomas Trondhjem, piano. Recorded 1991-92
Record company and number: Rondo RCD 8341
Kuhlau Piano Works vol.2 - Thomas Trondhjem
Variations on Den kronede danske nationalsang; F-major; Op.35
Variations on Kong Kristian stod ved højen mast; D-major; Op.16
6 Divertissements a forme de valses; Es-major; A-major; f-minor; E-major; F-major; Es-major; Op.61
Variations on Och liten Karin tjente vid unga Kungens Gård; e-minor; Op.91
Les Charmes de Copenhague; D-major; Op.92
Rondo on a theme by Rode; a-minor; Op.45b

Thomas Trondhjem, piano. Recorded 1995-96
Record company and number: Rondo RCD 8353
Kuhlau Piano Works vol.3 - Thomas Trondhjem
Variations on Velkommen varme purpurskål; a-minor; Op.18;
Variations on Guide mes pas o providence; Es-major; Op.12;
Piano Sonata; B-major; Op.30
Introduktion and rondo on a theme by Onslow: e-minor; Op.98b;
Introduktion and rondo on a theme by Onslow; B-major; Op.96

Thomas Trondhjem, piano. Recorded 1998
Record company and number: Rondo RCD 8356
Kuhlau Piano Works vol.4 - Thomas Trondhjem
Fantasy and Variations for piano on swedish songs and dances, d-minor, opus 25
Sonata for piano, C-major, opus 26:2
Sonata for piano, Es-major, opus 26:3
Fantasy for piano on swedish songs, G-major, opus 93

Thomas Trondhjem, piano. Recorded 2000
Record company and number: Rondo RCD 8357
Sonatas, variations & rondos, vol. 1 - Loredana Brigandž
Sonata for piano, Es-major, opus 4
Sonata for piano, d-minor, opus 5a
Variations for piano on Manden med glas i hånd, C-major, opus 14
Rondo for piano, A-major, opus 97:2
Rondo for piano, A-major, opus 113:3

Loredana Brigandž, piano. Recorded in Lugano, Switzerland 17. july 2002
Record company and number: Nuova Era 7379
Sonatas, variations & rondos, vol. 2 - Loredana Brigandž
Sonata for piano, a-minor, opus 6a:1 (3. sats : Rondo)
Sonata for piano, B-major, opus 30
Sonata for piano, d-minor, opus 46:2
Variations for piano on Och liten Karin tjente, e-minor, opus 91

Loredana Brigandž, piano. Recorded in Lugano, Switzerland 17. july 2002
Record company and number: Nuova Era 7380
Sonatinas - Loredana Brigandž
Sonatina for piano, A-major, opus 59:1
Sonatina for piano, F-major, opus 59:2
Sonatina for piano, C-major, opus 59:3
Sonatina for piano, F-major, opus 60:1
Sonatina for piano, A-major, opus 60:2
Sonatina for piano, C-major, opus 60:3
Sonatina for piano, C-major, opus 88:1
Sonatina for piano, G-major, opus 88:2
Sonatina for piano, a-minor, opus 88:3
Sonatina for piano, F-major, opus 88:4

Loredana Brigandž, piano. Recorded in Montevarchi, Italy 25.-26. april 1998
Record company and number: Nuova Era 7308
Sonatinas - Erik Fessel
Sonatina for piano, C-major, opus 20:1
Sonatina for piano, G-major, opus 20:2
Sonatina for piano, F-major, opus 20:3
Sonatina for piano, F-major, opus 55:4
Sonatina for piano, D-major, opus 55:5
Sonatina for piano, F-major, opus 60:1
Sonatina for piano, A-major, opus 60:2
Sonatina for piano, C-major, opus 88:1
Sonatina for piano, a-minor, opus 88:3

Erik Fessel, piano. Recorded april 1996
Record company and number: Danacord DACOCD 622

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Toke Lund Christiansen, solo flutist in the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, has recorded the entire oeuvre of Kuhlau's music for flute - the music for flute and piano together with Elisabeth Westenholz.

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Together with his colleague Mikael Beier, Toke Lund Christiansen has recorded the six duos for two flutes op.39 and 87.

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Also the Danish flutist Eyvind Rafn and the pianist Ester Vagning have made a recording of Kuhlau's sonatas for flute and piano

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From the Suisse company CLAVES you can get this record with Peter Lukas Graf and Zsuzsanna Sirokay playing the two great sonatas for flute and piano op.64 and 85

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NAXOS too has more recordings of Kuhlau's music in their catalogue,
e.g. the three great sonatas for flute
and piano op.83 played by Uwe Grodd
and Matteo Napoli

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Music for flute

Sonatas/duos for flute and piano - Lund Christiansen, Westenholz
Sonata for flute and piano, Es-major, opus 64
Sonata for flute and piano, G-major, opus 69
Sonata for flute and piano, e-minor, opus 71
Sonata for flute and piano, G-major, opus 83:1
Sonata for flute and piano, C-major, opus 83:2
Sonata for flute and piano, g-minor, opus 83:3
Sonata for flute and piano, a-minor, opus 85
Duo for flute and piano, B-major, opus 110:1
Duo for flute and piano, e-minor, opus 110:2
Duo for flute and piano, D-major, opus 110:3

Toke Lund Christiansen, flute / Elisabeth Westenholz, piano.
Record company and number: Kontrapunkt 32114/16 (3 CDs)
Complete sonatas for flute and piano - Rafn, Vagning
Sonata i Es-major; Op.64
Sonata i G-major; Op.69
Sonata i G-major; Op.83:1
Sonata i C-major; Op.83:2
Sonata i g-minor; Op.83:3
Sonata i e-minor; Op.71
Sonata i a-minor; Op.85

Eyvind Rafn; flute; Esther Vagning; piano. Recorded 1977, remix 1997
Record company and number: dacapo 8.224071-72 (2 CDs)
Sonata/Fantasy for flute and piano - Graf, Sirokay
Sonata for flute and piano, a-minor, opus 85
Sonata for flute and piano, Es-major, opus 64
Fantasy for flute, D-major, opus 38:1

Peter Lukas Graf, flute, Zsuzsanna Sirokay, piano. Recorded in Switzerland 1986
Record company and number: Claves CD 50-8705
Sonatas for flute and piano, op. 83 - Grodd, Napoli
Sonata for flute and piano, G-major, opus 83:1
Sonata for flute and piano, C-major, opus 83:2
Sonata for flute and piano, g-minor, opus 83:3

Uwe Grodd, flute ; Matteo Napoli, piano. Recorded in Wellington, New Zealand 2000
Record company and number: Naxos 8.555346
Sonatas for flute & piano - Bent Larsen, Sverre Larsen
Sonata for flute and piano, g-minor, opus 83:3
Sonata for flute and piano, B-major, opus 110:1
Sonata for flute and piano, e-minor, opus 110:2
Sonata for flute and piano, D-major, opus 110:3

Bent Larsen, flute ; Sverre Larsen, piano. Recorded 1999
Record company and number: Classico CLASSCD 318
Duos (Sonatas) for flute and piano - Redel, Lee
Introduktion and rondo for flute and piano, opus 98
Sonata for flute and piano, B-major, opus 110:1
Sonata for flute and piano, e-minor, opus 110:2
Sonata for flute and piano, D-major, opus 110:3

Kurt Redel, flute / NoŽl Lee, piano. Recorded in Munich december 1993
Record company and number: Etcetera KTC 1189
Variations & divertimenti, volume 1 - Lund Christiansen, Westenholz
Introduktion and Variations for flute and piano on a theme from Webers Euryanthe, opus 63
Variations for flute and piano on Onslows Le Colporteur, opus 94
Variations for flute and piano on a schottish folk tune, opus 104
Variations for flute and piano on Tis the last rose of summer, opus 105
Divertissement for flute and piano, D-major, opus 68:2
Divertissement for flute and piano, Es-major, opus 68:4
Divertissement for flute and piano, G-major, opus 68:5
Divertissement for flute and piano, cis-minor, opus 68:6

Toke Lund-Christiansen, flute, Elisabeth Westenholz, piano. Recorded february 1996
Record company and number: Kontrapunkt 32237
Variations & divertimenti, volume 2 - Lund Christiansen, Westenholz
Introduktion and Variations for flute and piano on a duet from Spohrs Jessonda, opus 101
Rondo for flute and piano on a theme from Onslows Le Colporteur, E-major, opus 98a
Divertissement for flute and piano, G-major, opus 68:1
Divertissement for flute and piano, H-major, opus 68:3
Fantasies for flute and piano, opus 95
Variations for flute and piano on a theme from Onslows Le Colporteur, opus 99

Toke Lund-Christiansen, flute, Elisabeth Westenholz, piano. Recorded 1999
Record company and number: Kontrapunkt 32307
Solos & Fantasies - Lund Christiansen, Westenholz
Grand solo, F-major, opus 57:1
Grand solo, a-minor, opus 57:2
Grand solo, G-major, opus 57:3
Fantasy for flute, D-major, opus 38:1
Fantasy for flute, g-minor, opus 38:2
Fantasy for flute, C-major, opus 38:3

Toke Lund-Christiansen, flute, Elisabeth Westenholz, piano. Recorded 2003
Record company and number: Kontrapunkt 32329
Duos for 2 flutes - Lund Christiansen, Beier
Duo for 2 flutes, e-minor, opus 39:1
Duo for 2 flutes, B-major, opus 39:2
Duo for 2 flutes, D-major, opus 39:3
Duo for 2 flutes, A-major, opus 87:1
Duo for 2 flutes, g-minor, opus 87:2
Duo for 2 flutes, D-major, opus 87:3

Toke Lund-Christiansen, flute, Mikael Beier, flute. Recorded 2004
Record company and number: Kontrapunkt 32333/34 (2 CD)
Duos for 2 flutes & trio op.119 - Lund Christiansen, Bennett, Westenholz
Duo for 2 flutes, D-major, opus 102:1
Duo for 2 flutes, E-major, opus 102:2
Duo for 2 flutes, A-major, opus 102:3
Trio for 2 flutes and piano, G-major, opus 119

William Bennett and Toke Lund Christiansen, flute, Elisabeth Westenholz, piano. Recorded 1997-98
Record company and number: Kontrapunkt 32282
Trios for 3 flutes - Adorjan, Henkel, Lund Christiansen
Trio for 3 flutes, e-minor, opus 86:1
Trio for 3 flutes, D-major, opus 86:2
Trio for 3 flutes, Es-major, opus 86:3

András Adorjan, Marianne Henkel, Toke Lund Christiansen, flute. Recorded 1999
Record company and number: Kontrapunkt 32297
Quartet for 4 flutes op.103 & Trio op.90 - (Kuhlau-Kvartetten)
Quartet for 4 flutes, e-minor, opus 103
Quartet for 4 flutes, e-minor, arr. after Sonata for flute and piano, e-minor, opus 71
Trio for 3 flutes, h-minor, opus 90

Toke Lund Christiansen, Henrik Svitzer, Ole Birger Pedersen, Bent Larsen, flute. Recorded 1990
Record company and number: Kontrapunkt 32050
Solos, duos and trios for flutes - Miilmann, Beier, Lund Christiansen
Trio for 3 flutes, D-major, opus 13:1
Trio for 3 flutes, g-minor, opus 13:2
Trio for 3 flutes, F-major, opus 13:3
Caprices for flute, opus 10b
Duo for 2 flutes, e-minor, opus 10a:1
Duo for to flutes, D-major, opus 10a:2
Duo for 2 flutes, G-major, opus 10a:3

Ulla Miilmann, Mikael Beier, Toke Lund Christiansen, flute. Recorded 1997
Record company and number: Kontrapunkt 32252/53 (2CD)

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Elisabeth Westenholz (piano), Tutter Givskov (violin), Lars Grunth (viola) and Asger Lund Christiansen (cello) have made a recording of the three piano Quartets op. 32, 50 and 108 for DACAPO. Besides you get the beautiful violin sonata op.33

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More recordings have been made of the three magnificent quintets for flute and strings op.51. Here with the English Prospero Ensemble.

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Kuhlau's only string Quartet, op.122, is a masterpiece. On this record you also get Emil Hornemann's string Quartet, another peak point in the history of Danish chamber music

Chamber Music

Complete Piano Quartets & Violin Sonata op.33
Piano Quartet in c-minor; Op.32
Piano quartet in A-major; Op.50
Piano Quartet in g-minor; Op.108
Violin Sonata i f-minor; Op.33

Elisabeth Westenholz; piano; Tutter Givskov; violin; Lars Grunth; viola;
Asger Lund Christiansen; cello. Recorded in 1996
Record company and number: dacapo 8.224044-45, dacapo 8.224044-45 (2 CD)
Piano Quartets op.32 & 50 (Prunyi/Budapest-Kvartetten)
Quartet for piano, violin, viola and violoncel nr. 1, c-minor, opus 32
Quartet for piano, violin, viola and violoncel nr. 2, A-major, opus 50

Ilona Prunyi, piano / members of the Budapest String Quartet. Recorded in Budapest 20.-22. december 1991
Record company and number: Marco Polo 8.223482
Quintets for flute, violin, 2 violas and violoncel (Lund Christiansen)
Quintet Nr.1 i D-major, opus 51:1
Quintet Nr.2 i E-major, opus 51:2
Quintet Nr.3 i A-major, opus 51:3

Toke Lund Christiansen, flute / Johannes Søe Hansen, violin / Henrik Olsen und Michail Dolgin, viola / Troels Svane Hermansen, violoncel. Recorded 1993
Record company and number: Kontrapunkt 32160/61 (2 CD)

On the same CD: Beethoven, Ludwig van: Quintet for flute, violin, 2 violas and violoncel, G-major : after Sonata for violin and piano nr. 8, G-major, opus 30:3
Quintets for flute, violin, 2 violas and violoncel (Prospero Ensemble)
Quintet Nr.1 i D-major, opus 51:1
Quintet Nr.2 i E-major, opus 51:2
Quintet Nr.3 i A-major, opus 51:3

Jennifer Stinton, flute ; Caroline Balding, violin ; Judith Busbridge, Susan Knight, viola ; Alastair Balyden, violoncel. Recorded in East Grinstead, Sussex 1997
Record company and number: ASV CDDCA 979
String Quartet op.122 (Københavns Strygekvartet)
Quartet for 2 violiner, viola and violoncel, a-minor, opus 122

Copenhagen String Quartet: Tutter Givskov and Mogens Lydolph, violin / Mogens Bruun, viola / Asger Lund Christiansen, violoncel. Recorded in 1969
Record company and number: Marco Polo 8.2240168, 1994

On the same CD: C.F.E.Horneman 1840-1906: Quartet for 2 violiner, viola and violoncel i D-major
String Quartet op.122 & Piano Quartet op.108 (The eSBť-String Quartet)
Quartet for 2 violiner, viola and violoncel, a-minor, opus 122
Quartet for piano, violin, viola and violoncel nr. 3, g-minor, opus 108

Andreas Meyer-Hermann, piano, The eSBť-String Quartet: Dora Bratchkova and Ivan Kiefel, violin / Eckhart Schloifer, viola / Michel Dispa, violoncel. Recorded in 1995
Record company and number: CPO 999238-2
String Quartet op.122 (Carl Nielsen-Kvartetten)
Quartet for 2 violiner, viola and violoncel, a-minor, opus 122

Carl Nielsen-Kvartetten: Peder Elbæk and Jørgen Larsen, violin / Bjarne Boie Rasmussen, viola / Svend Winsløv, violoncel. Recorded March and May 1997
Record company and number: Kontrapunkt 32260

On the same CD: C.F.E.Horneman 1840-1906: Quartet for 2 violiner, viola and violoncel i D-major

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The English recording company CHANDOS has Kuhlau's piano concerto op.7 in its catalogue. The Danish pianist Amalie Malling is accompanied by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Schønwand

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In the CHANDOS catalogue you also find the eight overtures from Kuhlau's scenic music, and again with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Schønwand

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The recording company BRANA was founded solely for the purpose of publishing the Polish-Brazilian pianist Felicja Blumental's recordings. Among them is Kuhlau's piano concerto - here together with the piano concerto by Schumann

Orchestral– and Scenic Music

Concerto for piano and orchestra op.7 (Malling)
Concerto for piano and orchestra, C-major, opus 7

Amalie Malling, piano / the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra / conductor: Michael Schønwand. Recorded in 1996 (Kuhlau) and 1998 (Grieg)
Record company and number: Chandos CHAN 9699

On the same CD: Grieg, Edvard: Koncert for piano and orkester, a-minor, opus 16
Concerto for piano and orchestra op.7 (Blumental)
Concerto for piano and orchestra, C-major, opus 7

Felicja Blumental, piano; Salzburg Symphony Orchestra ; conductor: Theodore Guschlbauer. Kuhlau's concert recorded in Salzburg 1969
Record company and number: Brana BR 0016

On the same CD:
Schumann, Robert: Koncert for piano and orchestra, a-minor, opus 54 (rec. 1958)
Saint-SaŽns, Camille: Wedding cake, opus 76 (rec. 1956)
Concerto for piano and orchestra op.7 (Ponti)
& Concertino for 2 horn and orchestra

Concerto for piano and orchestra, C-major, opus 7
Concertino for 2 horns and orchestra, f-minor, opus 45
Elverhøj (Ouverture)

Michael Ponti, piano / Ib Lanzky-Otto and Frøydis Ree Wekre, horn / Odense Symfoniorkester / conductor: Othmar M.F. Maga. Recorded i Odense 1990-91
Record company and number: Unicorn-Kanchana DKP(CD) 9110
Ouverturer (Schønwandt)
Røverborgen (Ouverture), DF 129
Trylleharpen (Ouverture), opus 27
Lulu (Ouverture), opus 65
Elisa (Ouverture), opus 29
Hugo and Adelheid (Ouverture), opus 107
William Shakespeare (Ouverture), opus 74
Trillingbrødrene fra Damask (Ouverture), opus 115
Elverhøj (Ouverture), opus 100

The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Michael Schønwand. Recorded 1993-98
Record company and number: Chandos CHAN 9648
Lulu, opera in 3 akter, op.65 (Schønwand)
Lulu / text by C.C.F. GŁntelberg after Wieland's Lulu oder die ZauberflŲte from the fairytale collection Dschinnistan ; solister: Risto Saarman (Lulu), Anne Frellesvig (Sidi), Tina Kiberg (Vela), Ulrik Cold (Dilfeng), Erik Harbo (Barca), Kim von Binzer (a shepherd), Hjørdis Jakobsen (a pixy), Bodil øland (a fairy), Hedwig Rummel, Birgitte Friboe, Hanne ørvad (witches), Lane Lind (Periferihme); flute solo: Toke Lund Christiansen.

The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir; conductor: Michael Schønwand.
Recorded in Copenhagen 6.-19. august 1986.
Record company and number: Kontrapunkt 32009/11 (3 CD)
Elverhøj, op.100 (Frandsen)
Elverhøj / solister: Gurli Plesner, Bodil Gøbel and Mogens Schmidt-Johansen; The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir; conductor: John Frandsen

Recorded 1991
Record company and number: Dacapo DCCD 8902