Hammond: Myslivecek- Complete Music for Keyboard (24/96 FLAC)
Hammond: Myslivecek- Complete Music for Keyboard (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Josef Myslivecek
Performer: Clare Hammond
Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Bis
Size: 1.22 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01-03. Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in B flat major
04-09. Easy Divertimenti
10-12. Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in F major
13-14. Six Easy Lessons: Sonata 1
15-16. Six Easy Lessons: Sonata 2
17-18. Six Easy Lessons: Sonata 3
19-20. Six Easy Lessons: Sonata 4
21-22. Six Easy Lessons: Sonata 5
23-24. Six Easy Lessons: Sonata 6

The British pianist and Royal Philharmonic Society Award-winner talks to Katherine about reconstructing and recording the piano concertos of the Czech composer with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan.

Born in Prague in 1737, Josef Myslivecek 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’. Myslivecek’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 Myslivecek’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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