Dussek: Piano Concertos / Andreas Staier

Audio Samples

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 49 (C. 187)
>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Concerto for Piano in B flat major, Op. 22 (C. 97)
>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : The Sufferings of the Queen of France, for piano, Op. 23 (C. 98)

Album Summary

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 49 (C. 187)
>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Concerto for Piano in B flat major, Op. 22 (C. 97)
>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : The Sufferings of the Queen of France, for piano, Op. 23 (C. 98)
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Notes & Reviews:

Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812) was a Czech composer and performer who travelled widely throughout Europe and became acquainted with the likes of Haydn during a ten-year stay in London. During this time he also struck up a friendship with the piano-builder John Broadwood. This association between the composer-pianist and the master-craftsman was a very fruitful one and resulted in the extension of the instrument's range.

American Record Guide
Andreas Staier plays marvelously and is well accompanied by Concerto Köln on period instruments. Good notes are again supplied.

Audiophilia
Familiar with Dussek's reputation but not his music, I'm pleased to confirm that these concertos are thoroughly admirable works, entirely of their time - the earlier reminiscent of Haydn, the latter's physicality bringing Beethoven to mind, while the disproportionate length of the opening movements even presages the great Romantics. Virtuoso pianistic displays take centre stage, as you'd expect, but the orchestral support is tautly written. Recorded using an 1806 English Broadwood piano, identical to the one that Dussek owned and esteemed as the most powerful of its day (Beethoven too was later to become an enthusiastic Broadwood owner), its sound clearly lacks the body, projection and harmonic brilliance of a modern concert grand; yet it is the sound that the composer had in his head, and I like that. Both Andreas Staier and Concerto K÷ln are esteemed veterans of the period instrument movement, the orchestra turning in a performance of both sensitivity and high octane dynamics. Recorded in 1992, these performances have been released before, though no mention of that fact (nor any reason for their re-release) appears in the disc's liner notes; regardless, the excellent sound quality is just another compelling reason to give this a listen.

MusicWeb International
Appropriately the text is recited in 18th-century French, with a strangely modern-seeming overlap in places of declamation and music. The text is printed in the booklet in modern French, which differs slightly, and there is a translation into German. Oddly there is no English version - though Capriccio is an Austrian label, the rest of the booklet does have an English section, so this looks like an omission. On the other hand, even with half-forgotten school-level French almost everyone should be able to follow the 'action'. And in any case, this is not a work that will likely appeal to all and sundry - whilst some will find it a well-written, imaginative tribute to an interesting historical figure personally known to Dussek, others will see it more as feeble melodrama.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Köln, Sendesaal (02/24/1992-02/28/1992).



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>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 49 (C. 187)
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Fortepiano)
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Köln, Sendesaal (02/24/1992-02/28/1992)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Concerto for Piano in B flat major, Op. 22 (C. 97)
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Fortepiano)
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Köln, Sendesaal (02/24/1992-02/28/1992)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : The Sufferings of the Queen of France, for piano, Op. 23 (C. 98)
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Fortepiano)
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Köln, Sendesaal (02/24/1992-02/28/1992)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical