Dussek - Complete Piano Sonatas Vol.2 | Heritage HTGCD301

Dussek - Complete Piano Sonatas Vol.2


Label: Heritage

Cat No: HTGCD301

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 25th August 2014



Heritage presents the second of two 3 CD volumes of the complete piano sonatas of Dussek. Maria Garzon is the first pianist to have recorded the entire cycle. The recordings were made between 2006 and 2008 at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812) was a Czech contemporary of Mozart who composed forward-looking piano works which have traits that foreshadow Romanticism, and his collaboration with John Broadwood in London was instrumental in the technical development of the piano. This is a fascinating appraisal of a composer whose influence on future generations is only now becoming recognised and fully appreciated.

Maria Garzón was born in Madrid into a musical family studying in Spain, Austria and Germany. Her international career took off when she was chosen by Spanish Television RTVE to represent Spain at the Year of Music in Amsterdam in 1984. Since then she has performed all over the world in such venues as Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Carnegie Hall, and has taken part in Festivals in Salzburg, Buxton, Granada and Thessaloniki.

Her many recordings include works by Elgar and Rodrigo and a CD of popular Spanish piano music for which she won many plaudits. She has also broadcast with RAI, the BBC, Classic FM, WDR and RTVE. In 2007, she was asked to be president of the International Piano Competition in Beijing, and also toured widely in China giving masterclasses. She now lives in the UK.

"Maria Garzon should be commended for her zeal in bringing these works to our attention – and, indeed, for successfully negotiating the myriad notes they contain" - BBC Music Magazine, March 2014 on Vol.1

"Maria Garzon is the first pianist to have recorded the entire cycle and Heritage should be congratulated for bringing these recordings into the catalogue… If you enjoy the keyboard works of Clementi, Haydn and Mendelssohn you will like this. Maria Garzon clearly loves the music and that is very obvious from these recordings. I look forward to volume 2." - MusicWeb International, February 2014 on Vol.1

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