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Jan Ladislav Dussek: Sonatas for Piano nos 3, 24 & 25 / Luca Palazzolo, piano

Audio Samples

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Sonata for Piano in F sharp minor ("Elegie Harmonique"), Op. 61 (C. 211)
>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Sonata for Piano in D major, Op. 69/3 (C. 242)
>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Les Adieux, for piano
>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Chantons L' Hymen

Album Summary

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Sonata for Piano in F sharp minor ("Elegie Harmonique"), Op. 61 (C. 211)
>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Sonata for Piano in D major, Op. 69/3 (C. 242)
>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Les Adieux, for piano
>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Chantons L' Hymen
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Though largely unknown to today's audiences, Jan Ladislav Dussek was a pianist of great prowess who composed extensively for his own instrument. This compilation showcases a variety of Dussek's works, ranging from pieces intended for amateurs to those for professional concert repertoire. The work itself is anticipatory of early Romanticism, presenting Dussek as a composer of great originality and expression. Pianist Luca Palazzolo commits a scholar's knowledge and a performer's passion to these works and brings them, sparklingly, to life for a new generation.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Palazzolo plays the music very well, though each of the sonatas appears as one track, and the pauses between the movements are much too brief. The sound is excellent, and the fortepiano's timbre a good way to experience the music. All in all, this release is a tantalizing introduction to Dussek's piano works.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Condulmer Recording studio, Mogliano Veneto (05/25/1992/05/28/1992).



Reviews

Excellent musical discovery!!!
I was previously unfamiliar with the music of Jan Ladislav Dussek until being introduced to this disc by a friend, and I find myself particularly grateful as I just loved it. The first piece is Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp minor, Op. 61 (Elegie harmonique sur la mort de son), which was written to commemorate the death of his patron, Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia. And while I don’t mean to suggest that this music in any way resembles the delicate and forceful grace of Chopin, I must admit that it feels comfortable to me in the same way that Chopin’s works do, and I find myself captivated just the same.

The second piece, the Sonata in D Major, Op. 69, No. 3, has a wonderfully pre-Schubertian feel, and as a Schubert lover I was very happy with this work. The playing is virtuosic in nature, but the tune-smithing is infectious and very pleasing to listen to.

The third piece is, Les Adieux, is delightful in a simplified Mozartian way – if you like Mozart’s early works, then you will likely find joy here. The piece is very approachable, simplistic sounding, and just a great deal of fun. And it sets the stage well for the final work on the disc, Chantons l’hymen, which consists of a theme from the opera “Blaise et Babet” by Nicolas Dezede, and four variations. According to the liner notes, this was music written “in the Selling Way” (i.e. to make a profit from publishing). The music is no less delightful for that fact, coming across cleverly and pleasantly, and Mr. Palazzolo’s fortepiano playing seems a perfect fit for this wonderful sampling of works of Dussek.

I very much enjoyed this recording, and whole-heartedly recommend it!

Submitted on 08/27/12 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Sonata for Piano in F sharp minor ("Elégie Harmonique"), Op. 61 (C. 211)
  • Performer: Luca Palazzolo (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Condulmer Recording studio, Mogliano Veneto (05/25/1992/05/28/1992)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1806-1807

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Sonata for Piano in D major, Op. 69/3 (C. 242)
  • Performer: Luca Palazzolo (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Condulmer Recording studio, Mogliano Veneto (05/25/1992/05/28/1992)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Les Adieux, for piano
  • Performer: Luca Palazzolo (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Condulmer Recording studio, Mogliano Veneto (05/25/1992/05/28/1992)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790s

>Dussek, Jan Ladislav : Chantons L' Hymen
  • Performer: Luca Palazzolo (Fortepiano)
  • Notes: Condulmer Recording studio, Mogliano Veneto (05/25/1992/05/28/1992)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical