JAN LADISLAUS DUSSEK (1760-1812): Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 9 - 3 Sonatas, Op. 14, Sonata in G, WoO, C.40.
Catalogue Number: 12W022
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Dating from Dussek’s years in London, where he fled from the aftermath of the French Revolution, the trio of Op.14 sonatas (1791) belongs to the same genre of ‘accompanied sonatas’ as Opp. 9 and 10. Designed for performance by accomplished, aristocratic amateurs, these works have ad libitum violin parts, to be played (or not) by a gentleman, while a lady could amuse herself with the technically stiffer demands of the keyboard part. Indeed the violin parts filled in by Dussek are often so insubstantial that the works can in truth be considered keyboard sonatas, full of pianistic, brilliant, soloistic writing. The separate G major sonata was composed in 1788, while Dussek was still in Paris: a technically challenging and musically forward-looking work which already bears some of the early 19th-century impressionism that would become a feature of early 19th-century piano music in England. Bart van Oort, Petra Somlai (Walter copy fortpiano).