JAN LADISLAV DUSSEK (1760-1812): Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 - Sonatas in D, Op. 25/2 “La Matinée”, in G, Op. 39/1, in C, Op. 39/2 and in B Flat, Op. 39/3 “Tyroler”.
Catalogue Number: 07U031
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Eight volumes containing Dussek’s complete sonatas performed by eight fortepianists, this new release featuring one of the younger generation of Kuijkens. Op.25 No.2 has an irresistible sense of good cheer even in the lyric simplicity of the third-movement Larghetto. The three Op.39 sonatas are more elaborate in conception and design without forsaking the earlier work’s transparency and grace. The first movements of Op. 39 abound in brilliant figuration, which evidently played to the composer’s strengths as a performer, but they are strongly rooted in a sonata-form structure which contrasts a pressing and vivacious first theme with the more tripping, light-hearted character of the second. The concluding Rondos tend to be the highlight, alternating some surprisingly passionate and even stormy episodes with the kind of unpretentious folk-like theme that Schubert would go on to perfect. Piet Kuijken (1798 Longman Clementi fortepiano).