Xaver Dussek: Four Symphonies

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Xaver Dussek: Four Symphonies


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2012



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Release date:

2nd July 2012




53 minutes


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Xaver Dussek: Four Symphonies

Dussek, F X:

Symphony in G major (Altner G4)

Symphony in B flat major (Altner Bb2)

Symphony in A major (Altner A3)

Symphony in B flat major (Altner Bb3)

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Aapo Häkkinen



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Mozart’s friend Franz Xaver Dussek (in whose summer villa he completed Don Giovanni) was a pianist, celebrated teacher and the leading composer of instrumental music in Prague. Like his compatriot Vanhal, Dussek completed his musical training in Vienna and, unsurprisingly, his works reflect the strong influence of composers such as Hofmann, Haydn and Dittersdorf. Dussek’s symphonies, most of which appear to have been composed in the 1760s and 1770s, are works of great charm and vivacity, cleverly orchestrated and full of striking melodic ideas as this recording amply demonstrates.

Franz Xaver Dussek: Sinfonia in G major, Altner G4

I. Allegro

II. Andante

III. Presto

Franz Xaver Dussek: Sinfonia in B flat major, Altner Bb2

I. Allegro con spirito

II. Andante

III. Allegro assai

Franz Xaver Dussek: Sinfonia in A major, Altner A3

I. Largo maestoso - Allegro

II. Andante

III. Allegro assai

Franz Xaver Dussek: Sinfonia in B flat major, Altner Bb3

I. Allegro e vivo

II. Andante

III. Minuetto - Trio

IV. Allegro assai

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2012

“Häkkinen directs from a fortepiano, appropriately so. He uses it to decoarte lines and enhance tonal colour, eschewing the infuriating anachronism of emphasising harmonic rhythm...[in the Andante of Bb3, Häkkinen] inspires his musicians into a softly atmospheric evocation of pastoral spaciousness interspersed with shadows of gentle agitation. Excellent.”

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