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Myslivecek - Complete Music for Keyboard

Composer Josef Mysliveček
Performer Clare Hammond
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-2393 SACD
EAN 7318599923932
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Mar 2019
Total time 76'38


Born in Prague in 1737, Josef Mysliveček spent most of his short life in Italy, where for a while he enjoyed success with his many operas, and became known as ‘Il Boemo’ (‘The Bohemian’). It was also in Italy – in Bologna – that he first met Mozart, in 1770. Their paths would cross again and in letters Mozart wrote about him with affection, describing him as&&& full of ‘fire, spirit and life’. Mysliveček’s influence is apparent in Mozart’s early operas, violin concertos, symphonies and keyboard music. His music soon fell out of fashion, however, and it is only recent decades that have seen more interest in works such as the wind octets, violin concertos and symphonies. In comparison, Mysliveček’s output for keyboard has been somewhat neglected, something which the English pianist Clare Hammond seeks to rectify with her latest disc. The keyboard concertos in particular have barely seen the light of day since Mysliveček’s death and the second concerto is recorded for the first time on this disc which gathers all of the extant keyboard works. Clare Hammond, whose imaginative recording projects on BIS have received international acclaim, is here supported in the concertos by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by no one less than Nicholas McGegan, whose expertise in 18th-century style is undisputed.
 
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  Josef Myslivecek
  Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in B flat major 10'05
01 I. Allegro comodo 4'43
02 II. Andantino 2'46
03 III. Rondo. Allegro 2'36
 
  Six Easy Divertimenti for the Harpsichord or Piano-forte 16'08
04 1. Andantino 1'57
05 2. Allegro ma non troppo 2'30
06 3. Minuetto 2'34
07 4. Andantino 2'56
08 5. Andante 3'13
09 6. Andantino 2'58
 
  Keyboard Concerto No.2 in F major 14'05
10 I. Allegro con spirito 5'41
11 II. Larghetto 3'49
12 III. Tempo di minuetto 4'35
 
  Six Easy Lessons for the Harpsichord Sonata 1 6'55
13 I. Allegro con spirito 3'03
14 II. Minuetto – Minore – Minuetto 3'52
 
  Six Easy Lessons for the Harpsichord Sonata 2 4'53
15 I. Allegro 3'03
16 II. Rondo. Andantino 1'50
 
  Six Easy Lessons for the Harpsichord Sonata 3 6'40
17 I. Allegro 3'03
18 II. Minuetto – Minore – Minuetto 3'37
 
  Six Easy Lessons for the Harpsichord Sonata 4 5'39
19 I. Andantino 2'11
20 II. Minuetto – Minore – Minuetto 3'28
 
  Six Easy Lessons for the Harpsichord Sonata 5 4'46
21 I. no tempo marking 2'56
22 II. Presto 1'50
 
  Six Easy Lessons for the Harpsichord Sonata 6 7'15
23 I. Allegro con brio 3'25
24 II. Minuetto with six variations 3'50
 
  Album total 76'38
ComposerMyslivecek, Josef
PianoHammond, Clare
Chamber orchestraSwedish Chamber Orchestra
ConductorMcGegan, Nicholas

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