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Dussek: Piano Trios / Trio 1790


Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999583   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Harald HoerenSusanne Von BausznernPhilipp Bosbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio 1790
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jan Dussek's music is mostly overlooked by today's general public, largely because much of it seems to pander to long-outdated tastes. These five Sonatas for piano, violin, and cello won't do much to alter that perspective, but they nonetheless deserve attention as examples of the work of a respected contemporary of Beethoven, Haydn, and C.P.E. Bach, who was a well-travelled and brilliant keyboardist and composer. The music is nearly on the level of Beethoven's Op. 1 trios in formal sophistication, but without the emotional intensity. Melodies are noticeably "lighter", technical demands less challenging. However, the use of period instruments by the fine musicians of Trio 1790 sheds light on these pieces that reveals some rather Read more charming qualities.


All the works are in sonata form, in two or three movements, and the piano is the obvious star of the show. The 1790 pianoforte is wholly appropriate for the lighter fare of the Sonata Op. 20 No. 3, and the thinner sound of the instrument makes the parlor tune cantabile of the second movement more believable, especially as it sets off the lovely violin line. With the full voice of a modern piano, this music would just sound trite. The violin does, howver, get a couple of chances to shine, most noticeably in the opening of the Sonata Op. 31 No. 3, and the third movement of the Op. 24 No. 3, a theme and variations on a Paisiello aria.


The three Sonatas Op. 31 feature a different, more modern (ca. 1800), richer sounding pianoforte, and it's a good thing too, because Op. 31 No. 2 is actually written for piano solo. The extended bass gives essential body to the lower end, and overall there is much more of a core to the sound--an advantage in bringing sufficient brilliance to the upper registers. Pianist Harold Hoeren produces some delicate tonal shading here and uses some tasteful pedaling in the final movement, which is an excellent example of a Scotch Reel done up for public consumption. The sound is excellent, with fine balance and natural placement of the instruments. In the Op. 31 No. 3 the violin and cello often blend together in a drone, sounding much like a glass harmonica (a favorite of Dussek), and the recording splendidly captures this effect.
--David Preiser, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Trios (3) for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 20: no 3/C55 in F major by Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Harald Hoeren (Piano), Susanne Von Bausznern (Violin), Philipp Bosbach (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio 1790
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1793; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, Op. 24/C 96 by Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Philipp Bosbach (Cello), Susanne Von Bausznern (Violin), Harald Hoeren (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio 1790
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1793 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 14 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Dussek 
3.
Sonata for Piano, Violin/Flute and Cello in Bb, Op. 31 no 1/C 132 by Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Susanne Von Bausznern (Violin), Philipp Bosbach (Cello), Harald Hoeren (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio 1790
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1795 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Opus 31 no 2/C133 in D major is for solo pianoforte. 
4.
Sonata for Piano in D major, Op. 31 no 2/C 133 by Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Harald Hoeren (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1795 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 12 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Piano, Violin/Flute and Cello in C major, Op. 31 no 3/C 134 by Jan Ladislav Dussek
Performer:  Harald Hoeren (Piano), Susanne Von Bausznern (Violin), Philipp Bosbach (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio 1790
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1795 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 13 Minutes 18 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Trio Sonata in F major, Op. 20, No. 3: I. Allegro vivace
Trio Sonata in F major, Op. 20, No. 3: II. Cantabile con espressione
Trio Sonata in F major, Op. 20, No. 3: III. Rondo: Allegretto
Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 24, No. 3: I. Allegro con spirito
Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 24, No. 3: II. Larghetto con variazioni
Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 1: I. Allegro
Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 1: II. Adagio non troppo
Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 31, No. 1: III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato - Allemande
Piano Sonata in D Major, Op. 31, No. 2: I. Allegro non tanto
Piano Sonata in D Major, Op. 31, No. 2: II. Adagio con espressione
Piano Sonata in D Major, Op. 31, No. 2: III. Pastorale: Allegro non troppo
Trio Sonata in C Major, Op. 31, No. 3: I. Allegro vivace
Trio Sonata in C Major, Op. 31, No. 3: II. Scotch Air, "Auld Robin Gray": Larghetto con espressione
Trio Sonata in C Major, Op. 31, No. 3: III. Scherzo: Allegro

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