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Music From Prague Vol 1 - Music By Dvorák, Dusek, Et Al

Release Date: 03/12/1996 
Label:  Vox Box Catalog #: 5148   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jan Ladislav DussekCarl StamitzJohann Baptist VanhalAntonín Dvorák
Performer:  Rena KyriakouErnst WallfischGeorge ZukermanCamillo Wanausek,   ... 
Conductor:  Carl-August BünteJörg FaerberAnton HeillerJindrich Rohan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony OrchestraWürttemberg Chamber Orchestra HeilbronnVienna Musikgesellschaft Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 15 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dussek's B flat Piano Concerto is evidently undated, though it must presumably come from the early years of the nineteenth century: there is a clarity of line which is very characteristic but also a relish in piano tone in the flourishes of the opening which suggests a delight in a new instrument of enlarged tonal potentialities. The gesture may well have influenced Weber when he came to open his Second Piano Concerto with still more grandiose sweeps of tone. Miss Kyriakou, a very intelligent artist who has done good work in seeking out some unfamiliar piano music for the gramophone, tackles it with much spirit, if rather forcefully for a piece that has not yet entirely shaken off the spirit of the eighteenth century. She is recorded in Read more what seems a somewhat artificial relationship with the orchestra; but all is sufficiently clear. There is a graceful Larghetto and a most engaging Rondo.

-- Gramophone [8/1972, reviewing the Dussek Concerto on LP]


Karl Stamitz was not an unadventurous composer: indeed in his day a viola concerto was in itself a rarity. This particular concerto, though, or this particular edition of it, does somewhat pass belief. The solo part is believable enough, certainly; but the orchestral contribution, often with odd harmonies and heavy octave doublings, seems oddly uncharacteristic. To instance one readily findable place: is it easy to believe that at the Opening of the slow movement Stamiiz would really have written the bass above the next to inaudible tune? Nevertheless whether it is Stamitz or an unidentified editor who is here at his oddest Ernst Wallfisch undoubtedly makes some most agreeable sounds: here certainly is sanity.

-- Gramophone [12/1969, reviewing the Stamitz Viola Concerto on LP]
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano in B flat major by Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Rena Kyriakou (Piano)
Conductor:  Carl-August Bünte
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Length: 22 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Concerto for Viola no 1 in D major by Carl Stamitz
Performer:  Ernst Wallfisch (Viola)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1774; France 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Length: 22 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Concerto for Viola in C major by Johann Baptist Vanhal
Performer:  Ernst Wallfisch (Viola)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 19 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Concerto for Bassoon in F major by Carl Stamitz
Performer:  George Zukerman (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 17 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Concerto for Flute in G major, Op. 29 by Carl Stamitz
Performer:  Camillo Wanausek (Flute)
Conductor:  Anton Heiller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Musikgesellschaft Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 14 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Michael Ponti (Piano)
Conductor:  Jindrich Rohan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Length: 38 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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