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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 Wanhal,
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. In 1998 Aapo Hakkinen won second prize at the Bruges Harpsichord Competition. He was also awarded the NDR special prize for his
interpretations of Italian music. Since then, he has appeared as soloist
and conductor in most European countries, in Israel, in the United States
and in Mexico.

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Themes are well chosen and adeptly developed; orchestration is nicely handled, more than adequately balanced and frequently clever…and the overall impression of all four works is of music partaking of the lighter side of Haydn or Dittersdorf. None of these pieces stands out for depth of expression or any particular intensity, although the four-movement sinfonia in B-flat is longer and somewhat more fully worked out than the three in three movements. There is considerable charm in this music, including the charm of rediscovering a skilled musical craftsman of Mozart's time; and the very fine performances on this Naxos CD certainly give the music its full due. --Infodad.com

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  • Orchestra: Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
  • Conductor: Aapo Hakkinen
  • Composer: Franz Xaver Dussek
  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0085AXTXW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By E. S. Wilks on September 1, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Frantisek Xaver Dusek, known in Vienna as Franz Xaver Dussek, was one of several eighteenth-century Bohemian composers who excelled in the composition of symphonies. Many Bohemian composers, especially Johann Stamitz and Johann Baptist Wanhal, sought employment outside Bohemia, but Dussek, who was also a highly respected pianist and teacher, spent the latter part of his career in Prague. Thanks to the patronage of Count Johann Spork, Dussek attended the Jesuit Gymnasium at Hradec Kralove. He subsequently studied in Prague with Habermann and then in Vienna with Georg Christoph Wagenseil, an eminent harpsichord virtuoso and court composer whose pupils included Leopold Hofmann and Joseph Anton Steffan.
Dussek probably had a close professional association with the orchestras of Counts Pachta and Clam Gallas. Through Dussek's wife Josepha, a celebrated soprano, who had family connections with Salzburg, the Dusseks became very friendly with Mozart. Mozart probably envied Dussek's obvious success as a freelance virtuoso, composer, and teacher working in both Prague and Vienna.
Dussek wrote most of his symphonies during the 1760s and 1770s, but precise dating seems to be mostly impossible; they were composed before the fully-fledged classical style emerged in the 1780s, but they exhibit several progressive stylistic tendencies. Some comprise three-movements; others, with an added minuet and trio, comprise four. The omission of a minuet and trio in no way implies that a work is early or primitive since both three- and four-movement symphonies continued to be written until comparatively late in the century.
The symphonies on this CD are expertly crafted, with abundant melody and variety, and it is hard to understand their neglect until now. The performances by the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra under Aapo Hakkinen are delightfully crisp and the recorded sound is excellent.
Ted Wilks
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By John on November 21, 2012
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Dussek saw in the Classical Era, and his music reflects this. Influence by Joseph Haydn and Dittersdorf in Vienna is noticed, but these Symphonies are individual, melodic and clever.
Sound production is good, but I found the bass too thin at times. Of interest, Mozart completed his score of Don Giovanni in Dussek's summer villa!
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Allowing for spelling variants, there's more than one Dussek lurking in the annals of classical music. Perhaps the most famous is Jan Ladislav Dussek, a contemporary of Mozart who had the good fortune to live a bit longer. The works on this disc, however, are by Franz Xaver Dussek, born a year before Haydn and an acquaintance of Mozart -- Dussek's wife sang in more than one of Mozart's operas. The four symphonies on the album are all engaging and vivacious, galant-ish compositions that are memorable primarily for the mood they create rather than for any lasting impression of the themes themselves. The last one on the program is in four movements, while the preceding ones are in three sections each. If you're looking for some 18th Century alternatives to Haydn or Mozart, music that bears repeated listening without any loss of freshness with each hearing, this should be a prime candidate, along with a companion Naxos disc of three other sinfonias by this same composer, though played by a different ensemble.
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