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Jan Ladislav Dussek: Piano Sonatas Op 77, Etc / Markus Becker


Release Date: 04/29/2008 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777323   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Markus Becker
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Imagine this: Brahms' wistful, long-lined lyricism years before Brahms was born; Schubert's effortless melodies and off-the-wall modulations long before Schubert matured; Chopin-like roulades and decorations popping up all over the place, written by a composer who died when Chopin was only two; fast movements whose virtuosic flair evokes Mozart or Clementi, yet maintains its own, pungent identity; Beethovenian thrust fortified by plusher, more Schumannesque keyboard deployment. I'm speaking of Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812), a genuine, unsung original among composer/pianists of his era.

His best piano sonatas are charming, sophisticated, imaginatively crafted, intensely expressive, and woefully ignored. The ambitious Op. 77
Read more sonata that opens Markus Becker's Dussek recital is a real find. In fact, some collectors may have found it long ago via Rudolf Firkusny's Vox recording. Becker's intimately scaled, occasionally clipped, and subjectively nuanced reading differs from Firkusny's more fervent, dynamically charged performance, much in the way that Wilhelm Kempff's Beethoven interpretations contrast with Artur Schnabel's. At the same time, the early Op. 9 D major and C major sonata presto finales go like the wind, with Becker's brash and joyful fingers wildly ablaze, yet always in absolute control. Clearly Becker has evolved in this repertoire since his previous CPO Dussek release, and I look forward to more. The sound and annotations are also superb. Recommended with pleasure!

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in F minor, Op. 77/C 259 "L'invocation" by Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812 
Length: 27 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 9: no 1 in B flat major, C 57 by Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Length: 11 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 9: no 2 in C major, C 58 by Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1789 
Length: 17 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4.
Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 9: no 3 in D major, C 59 by Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Markus Becker (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Length: 12 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 77, "L'invocation": I. Allegro moderato ma energico
Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 77, "L'invocation": II. Tempo di minuetto con moto
Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 77, "L'invocation": III. Adagio non troppo ma solenne
Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 77, "L'invocation": IV. Rondo: Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op. 9, No. 1: I. Allegretto non tanto
Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op. 9, No. 1: II. Rondo: Allegretto grazioso
Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 9, No. 2: I. Allegro con spirito
Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 9, No. 2: II. Larghetto con espressione
Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 9, No. 2: III. Presto assai
Piano Sonata in D major, Op. 9, No. 3: I. Allegro maestoso con espressione
Piano Sonata in D major, Op. 9, No. 3: II. Prestissimo

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