The continuation of an exciting new project: the recording of the complete piano sonatas by Dussek!
Johann Ladislaus Dussek (1760-1812) was born in rural Bohemia. He led a restless life, travelling Europe as a keyboard virtuoso and settling in several European capitals, notably Paris and London, where he became a fashionable pianist and teacher. His close connection to piano manufacturer Broadwood resulted in important innovations, notably the extension of the keyboard to 6 octaves.
Dussek’s style is rich, harmonically expressive and pianistically challenging, Classicism on the brink of Early Romanticism.
This second issue features the Sonatas Op. 25 No. 2 and the three Sonatas Op. 39 Nos. 1-2-3, written in Dussek’s London period from 1789 till 1799, inspired by the new and rich possibilities of the English pianos of the time.
Belgian fortepianist Piet Kuijken has a busy solo and chamber music career, he is much in demand as lecturer and teacher, and he is Professor of piano and fortepiano at the Brussels Conservatory. His recordings have been awarded a Diapason d’Or and a Choc de la Monde de Musique.
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Jan Ladislav Dussek:
Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 25 C.127: I. Adagio maestoso – Presto
Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 25 C.127: II. Larghetto
Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 25 C.127: III. Rondo. Allegremente
Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 39 C.166: I. Allegro
Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 39 C.166: II. Andantino ma moderato e con espressione –Allegro ma non troppo
Sonata No. 2 in C Major, Op. 39 C.167: I. Allegro moderato
Sonata No. 2 in C Major, Op. 39 C.167: II. Andantino quasi larghetto
Sonata No. 2 in C Major, Op. 39 C.167: III. Rondo. Allegretto
Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat Major, Op. 39 C.168: I. Allegro con spirit
Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat Major, Op. 39 C.168: II. Rondo. Andante sostenuto cantabile