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Mozart: Piano Works / Liszewska

Release Date: 06/01/2018 
Label:  Dux Records   Catalog #: 1441  
Composer:  Franz Xavier W. Mozart
Performer:  Anna Liszewska
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Franz Xaver Mozart, the youngest son of Wolfgang Amadeus, has some 30 piano works to his name. They include nine cycles of variations with opus numbers, three sets of Polonaises melancholiques, sonatas, fantasies, rondos, and several smaller forms. In contrast to his father, he never displayed a performing interest in any instrument other than the piano. He used his outstanding performing skills in his compositional output, the lion’s share of which was for the piano. It is these works that pianist Anna Liszewska has included on this release. Anna Liszewska studied at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, gaining her diploma in 1995. She later went on to study under Barbara Halska, John Owings, and Andrzej Jasinski. In addition to Read more an active performing and recording career, Anna is a teacher, and has directed a piano class at the Henryk Wieniawski Primary and Secondary Music Schools, and is on the faculty of the Music Academy in Lodz, lecturing in the Department of Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, Early Music, and Jazz. Read less

Works on This Recording

Fantasy on a Russian Song and a Krakowiak in A Major, FXWM VII:30 by Franz Xavier W. Mozart
Performer:  Anna Liszewska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Polonaise (6) for Piano, Op. 17 by Franz Xavier W. Mozart
Performer:  Anna Liszewska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Sonata for Piano in G Major, Op. 10 by Franz Xavier W. Mozart
Performer:  Anna Liszewska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Worth a listen July 18, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "It's tough being a good composer -- when your father's a great one. Franz Xaver Mozart was the youngest son of Wolfgang Amadeus. Franz's compositions aren't ground-breaking, but they are satisfying in their own right. Franz Xaver was a conductor and pianist as well as a composer. As a performer, he spent several years touring and working in Eastern Europe. That experience is reflected in two of the three works on this release. The Six Polonaises mélancoliques for piano, Op. 17 were finished in 1814. These piano works aren't as technically challenging as Chopin's polonaises. But they're both inspired by Polish music. Franz Xaver's polonaises have an elegant restraint about them, with only a hint of their ethnic origin. The 1815 Fantasy on a Russian Song and a Krakowiak in A Major shows the composer at his most imaginative. Franz Xaver often played the work in concert, and with good reason. The technical demands increase as the work progresses, with plenty of crowd-pleasing runs and arpeggios. Franz Xaver's 1807 piano sonata seems to look back rather than forward. It's an extensive four-movement work that seems inspired by Haydn with its tasteful elegance. It's only when we remember that Beethoven's "Appassionata" sonata was published the same year that it loses some of its charms. Anna Liszewsaka performs in a committed fashion. Her talent is bringing out the beauty inherent in Franz Xaver's melodies. I especially enjoyed her performances of the polonaises. The best way to enjoy this release? Just listen to the music on its own merits. In the end, it doesn't matter who Franz Xaver was related to. He's not writing his father's music -- he's writing his own. And Franz Xaver does have something to say." Report Abuse
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