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Alessandro Cesaro, piano
Jan Ladislav Dussek, one of the most successful virtuosi at the end of the eighteenth century along with Muzio Clementi and Johann Baptist Cramer, is considered the first representative of the Slavic piano school and an important forerunner of Frédéric Chopin. According to the evidence of his times, his piano style was characterized by a brilliant technique, a cantabile touch with a wide variety of chiaroscuri made by the calculated use of the pedal. Possessed by a strong emotionality, he was able to combine delicate lyricism with romantic passion. Excluding fashionable compositions (Variations on popular tunes and Rondos), the heart of his production consists of piano Sonatas, Concertos and chamber music. The main interest of his work lies in the piano writing which is always appropriate to the contents expressed, and above all in the harmonic language, unconventional and affected by the popular musical tradition of Bohemia, his native land.
Some pieces included here (Rosline castle and Ma barque legére) are probably recorded for the first time, the other compositions are of very rare listening. This recording, very dear to me, dates back to 2013. Targeted by numerous problems, it was never published and I believed it was lost. I had test audio files in my archive, but their quality was unusable. Only recently a single extant CD recording has been found. I hope it could have the spread it deserves.