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The Classical Piano Concerto Vol. 1: Jan Ladislav Dussek: Piano Concertos Opl. 1/3, Op. 29; Op. 70 / Howard Shelley, piano

Album Summary

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Concerto for Piano in G major, Op. 1/3 (C. 4)
>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Concerto for Piano in C major, Op. 29 (C. 125)
>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 70 (C. 238)
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Composed in 1795, the Concerto in C opens like a Haydn symphony, with a slow, noble introduction. It continues full of Beethovenian drama and virtuosity. Shelley and his musicians give it a bold, brilliant reading. The Concerto in E-flat was composed in 1810, just two years before Dussek's death, and it is a far-reaching piece. The warm melodies and rich textures foreshadow Weber and Schumann, and Shelley and the Ulster Orchestra play every note with sincere feeling and great technical skill.

Hyperion's new Classical Piano Concerto series focuses on the lesser-known concertos from the dawn of the genre. This series aims to be the first in-depth recorded survey of this forgotten repertoire. This first volume features three of Bohemian virtuoso Jan Ladislav Dussek's eighteen piano concertos, taken from different points in his career. As a group, these pieces are a fascinating study, with most of the earlier works largely reflecting the Mozartean model, and the later ones revealing stylistic traits that anticipate future developments in the genre. There could be no finer guide to these concertos than Howard Shelley, whose recordings of Clementi keyboard works and Mozart and Hummel piano concertos have received such acclaim.

James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 21st July 2014
Shelley has been a stalwart of the Romantic series of concertos, and so it seems fitting that he has been chosen to do the honours here. He brings his customary elegance to every bar, and it's a delight to listen to him, with immaculate passagework and tender playing in the slow movements. I look forward to hearing further volumes in this series!

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue
Whatever one's reaction to and perception of Dussek's music, Shelley's role in this enterprise should not be lightly acknowledged...This is skill and dedication of a high order and I can't think of another living pianist who can equal him in this particular field of musical endeavour.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ulster Hall, Belfast (09/03/2013-09/05/2013).



Reviews

Strong start for a new series
Following the success of their Romantic Piano Concerto series (63 volumes and counting), Hyperion launches a companion series, The Classical Piano Concerto, featuring music from 1770-1820. It marked the rise of the piano virtuoso, the traveling artist who composed primarily to showcase his own talents. Mozart is one of the more famous examples, but certainly not the only one.

Jan Ladislav Dussek, whose music launches this series, was another. Dussek was roughly contemporary with Mozart. Born in Bohemia, he made his fortune in France (before the Revolution), lost it in England, regained it touring Europe and eventually settling in post-Revolutionary France.

The three concertos on this release traverse his career. The Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 1, No.3 from 1783 is Mozartian in form, with simple, attractive melodies at every turn. The Piano concerto of C major, Op. 29 (1795) is a more fully-developed work. Dussek abandoned the first-movement cadenza, making his later concertos sound like a more collaborative effort between piano and orchestra. The texture of this work is thicker, looking ahead the early Romantic composers, such as Mendelssohn and Weber.

The final work, the Piano concerto in E-flat major, Op. 70 (1810) retains the elegance of Haydn, with the more full-bodied orchestration of early Beethoven.

Howard Shelley, a veteran of the Romantic Piano Concerto series, performs and conducts the Ulster Orchestra from the keyboard. His clean attacks and articulate phrasing are a joy to listen to. This recording promises that this series will meet the same high standards as the Romantic Piano Concerto series.
Submitted on 12/09/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Concerto for Piano in G major, Op. 1/3 (C. 4)
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Ulster Orchestra
  • Notes: Ulster Hall, Belfast (09/03/2013-09/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1783

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Concerto for Piano in C major, Op. 29 (C. 125)
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Ulster Hall, Belfast (09/03/2013-09/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Concerto for Piano in E flat major, Op. 70 (C. 238)
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Ulster Hall, Belfast (09/03/2013-09/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1810