The name of the German composer August Alexander Klengel (1783-1852) is mentioned nowadays only in relation with his two volumes of works,“Canons and Fugues,” which were written during the last 25 years of his life.
Everything else from his creative work is either forgotten or completely ignored and unknown.
However, his music deserves our attention as in his early works Klengel clearly shines as an early romantic composer, undoubtedly being an inspiration for many of his young fellow composers at the time (Mendelssohn and Chopin, just to name a few).
The compositions’ titles are hinting their content: Romances, Nocturnes... Surprisingly, no one has yet looked seriously into his scores and so this will be the first recording that will attempt to do so.
We are very grateful to Toccata Classics who has chosen to release our recording.
For the kind permission to use the portrait of A. A. Klengel by Vogel von Vogelstein we would like to thank the Museum Behnhaus Drägerhaus Lübeck.
The following works by Klengel will be included in this CD:
- Romance (op.6) – for Piano
- Nocturne No.5 (op. 23) – for Piano
- Fantaisie sur un thème russe (op.25 ) – for Piano
- Trois romances (op. 34) - for Piano
- Air suisse avec variations (op.32) - for Violin and Piano
- Trio (op. 36) for Violin, Cello and Piano
The Planned Budget
The budget for the recording is CHF 7'500, which includes everything: the location, the grand piano, the engineering, the mastering, the editing, the piano tuning,etc.
Founded in 2016, Trio Klengel is named after August Klengel with the purpose of promoting his works. We decided to continue the work of Klengel Trio, founded in 1912. This trio consisted of the three daughters of the composer Julius Klengel, a relative of August Klengel. Just like the first Klengel Trio our trio is also dedicated to promoting chamber music of long-forgotten composers and their works through concerts and recording projects.
Anna Petrova-Forster(piano) is often searching for and then performing works of some composers that are not so well-known.She recorded a CD with the works of Joseph Mathias Hauer (1883-1959), two CDs with works by Daniel Steibelt (1765-1823), and there is one more CD currently on the way to be released (Diagnosis: Wunderkind – presenting works of composers who died very young).
Keiko Yamaguchi (violin) loves playing chamber music. She has recorded Paganini's works for guitar and violin. Keiko often plays in historical performances.
Stefania Verità (cello) has a soul devoted to music; you can spot her in big symphonic orchestras as well as listen to her solo recitals. She is often busy with some continuo lines on her loved baroque cello or creating a walking bass in a jazz tune. Her love for chamber music brought her to participate in our Trio.
We feel strongly connected by our passion for great music. We rehearse a lot, and with passion too.
With our warmest gratitude,
Anna, Keiko and Stefania
Risks and challenges
Our biggest and only challenge is to reach our fundraising goal and make this recording happen!
We have made every effort to ensure the success of our project. We have been rehearsing and performing these works a lot and we hope that your support will help us record this unique CD! We have played this music live and the audience loved the works! The studio has been booked as well as our recording engineer. The record will be made in the Acustica /Klangscheune/ recording studio. Toccata Classics is the label to release the CD.
Thanks to all who understand the hard work and dedication that we put into this project. We will not be able to do this alone, so we truly rely on you.
(Can you also help us spread the word about this project? That would be so cool!)
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