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Dittersdorf: 3 Ovid Sonatas for Fortepiano Four Hands / Tibbles, Tsalka


Release Date: 08/11/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573740  
Composer:  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Performer:  James TibblesMichael Tsalka
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1781 Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf conceived a ground-breaking, multi-media project to compose and have published a series of fifteen symphonies based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Each symphony was to be graced by newly commissioned engravings and synopses. In the event, only six symphonies were published (and without engravings) and these are the only works from the set to survive in orchestral form. The works heard here are four-hand arrangements of three of the lost symphonies, possibly Dittersdorf’s attempt to salvage something from the project. These fascinating works juxtapose conventional structures with fluid, unconventional music transforming Ovid’s ‘tableaux’ into dramatic structures teeming with incident and wit. In 1781 Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf conceived a ground-breaking, multi-media project to compose and have published a series of fifteen symphonies based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Each symphony was to be graced by newly commissioned engravings and synopses. In the event, only six symphonies were published (and without engravings) and these are the only works from the set to survive in orchestral form. The works heard here are four-hand arrangements of three of the lost symphonies, possibly Dittersdorf’s attempt to salvage something from the project. These fascinating works juxtapose conventional structures with fluid, unconventional music transforming Ovid’s ‘tableaux’ into dramatic structures teeming with incident and wit. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatas (3) after Ovid for Fortepiano Four Hands: Ajax et Ulysse by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Performer:  James Tibbles (Fortepiano), Michael Tsalka (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 
2.
Sonatas (3) after Ovid for Fortepiano Four Hands: Hercule changé en Dieu by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Performer:  James Tibbles (Fortepiano), Michael Tsalka (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 
3.
Sonatas (3) after Ovid for Fortepiano Four Hands: Jason, qui emporte la Toison d'or by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Performer:  James Tibbles (Fortepiano), Michael Tsalka (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 

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