Notes & Reviews:
Of unknown but most likely German-Polish parentage, Franciszek Lessel (1780-1837) was an excellent if now little-known Polish composer from the pre-Chopin era. He is known to have been a student of Haydn's from 1798, even himself tutoring Haydn's son Pietro. His compositions were published in Vienna to favorable reviews, and he played in private concerts. He returned to Poland in or after 1810, settling in Warsaw. The Polish pianist Dorota Cybulska-Amsler plays a selection of five of his piano works, including two sonatas and the bold, dramatic Fantasia, op. 13, published 1800-14.
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Schubert: Unauthorized Piano Duos / Goldstone, Clemnow
Beethoven: Variations on Folk Songs (16), Opp. 105 & 107 / Patrich Gallois, flute; Maria Prinz, piano
Ignaz Ritter von Seyfried (1776-1841): Missa Solemnis in B minor; Cum Veni Sancte Spiritus; Graduale et Offertorio / Stepien, Mikulska, Machowski, Matuszak
Johann Rosenmüller (1617-1684): Vespro della Beata Maria Vergine / Georg Drake, Maria Skiba, Paul Lüschen, Henning Voss. Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble
Antonio Montanari (1676-1737): Violin Concertos / Johannes Pramsohler, violin; Ensemble Diderot
Musica Sacromontana: Music of Antoni Habel & Józef Zeidler / Tomasz Krzysica, Magdalena Kulig, Iwona Socha, Wojciech Gierlach. Polsih Orch. & Chamber Choir
C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788): Chamber Music for Clarinet / Luigi Magistrelli, clarinet; Italian Classical Consort
Friedrich Kuhlau (1786-1832): Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 / Giorgio Leonida Tosi, baroque violin; Paolo Porto, piano
John Jones (1728-1796): Eight Sets of Lessons for the Harpsichord / Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord