The Classical Piano Concerto Vol. 1: Dussek

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Having found unexpected success with its series of unknown Romantic piano concertos, Hyperion launched a similar series focusing on the Classical period with this release in 2014. It's a very auspicious start. Unlike many of the figures in the Romantic series, Czech composer Jan Ladislav Dussek was ahead of his time, not behind it. He was one of the few contemporaries whom the notoriously cantankerous Beethoven seems to have admired, and the piano concerto was arguably his strongest genre (he demanded from English piano maker John Broadwood several of the innovations Beethoven later exploited). This release from prolific pianist Howard Shelley (also featured in the ...
See more details below
CD
$20.89
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$21.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $14.99   
  • New (3) from $14.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Having found unexpected success with its series of unknown Romantic piano concertos, Hyperion launched a similar series focusing on the Classical period with this release in 2014. It's a very auspicious start. Unlike many of the figures in the Romantic series, Czech composer Jan Ladislav Dussek was ahead of his time, not behind it. He was one of the few contemporaries whom the notoriously cantankerous Beethoven seems to have admired, and the piano concerto was arguably his strongest genre (he demanded from English piano maker John Broadwood several of the innovations Beethoven later exploited). This release from prolific pianist Howard Shelley (also featured in the Romantic series) offers a wide chronological spread in its selection of three of Dussek's 18 piano concertos. The "Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 29," of 1795, is right in line with Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 1" in the same key that came along shortly aftterward, but most striking is the "Piano Concerto in E flat major, Op. 70," of 1810, which looks forward past Beethoven to Schubert and even the later Romantics with its third relationships and ornate, spontaneous slow movement. Is there anything like Beethoven's compression demonstrated here? Assuredly not, but the concertos crackle with originality, and it's easy to imagine them all, even the early "Piano Concerto in G major, Op. 1/3," as part of the musical world Beethoven inhabited. Shelley plays and conducts the Ulster Orchestra, and he gives the music the weight and scope it deserves. Recommended to all, not just collectors specializing in the Classical period.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2014
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571280271
  • Catalog Number: 68027
  • Sales rank: 35,403

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howard Shelley Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted December 9, 2014

    Following the success of their Romantic Piano Concerto series (6

    Following the success of their Romantic Piano Concerto series (63 volumes and counting), Hyperion launches a companion series, The Classical Piano Concerto, featuring music from 1770-1820. It marked the rise of the piano virtuoso, the traveling artist who composed primarily to showcase his own talents. Mozart is one of the more famous examples, but certainly not the only one.

    Jan Ladislav Dussek, whose music launches this series, was another. Dussek was roughly contemporary with Mozart. Born in Bohemia, he made his fortune in France (before the Revolution), lost it in England, regained it touring Europe and eventually settling in post-Revolutionary France.

    The three concertos on this release traverse his career. The Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 1, No.3 from 1783 is Mozartian in form, with simple, attractive melodies at every turn. The Piano concerto of C major, Op. 29 (1795) is a more fully-developed work. Dussek abandoned the first-movement cadenza, making his later concertos sound like a more collaborative effort between piano and orchestra. The texture of this work is thicker, looking ahead the early Romantic composers, such as Mendelssohn and Weber.

    The final work, the Piano concerto in E-flat major, Op. 70 (1810) retains the elegance of Haydn, with the more full-bodied orchestration of early Beethoven.

    Howard Shelley, a veteran of the Romantic Piano Concerto series, performs and conducts the Ulster Orchestra from the keyboard. His clean attacks and articulate phrasing are a joy to listen to. This recording promises that this series will meet the same high standards as the Romantic Piano Concerto series.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews