And while they’re not masterworks, they’re certainly well-crafted. And I found myself enjoying them in different ways.
The 12 Progressive Studies are more than just a series of lessons. They also introduce “several characteristics airs of different nations.” Listening to the studies as a group, the music seemed to have a narrative arc as it moved from simple to complex.
The Six Sonatinas are simply a collection of stand-alone works. And while they may be simple in structure, some of the passages sounded quite challenging.
Ursula Dütschler plays with a sure touch. The last of the progressive lessons move from amateur to professional level, and Dütschler rises to the challenge.
I wasn’t especially enamored with the sound of the fortepiano, though. It’s a reproduction of an 1800 Schanz, and the action seems a little sluggish. Dütschler seems to take that in stride, too. Still, I’d like to hear her performing on a more responsive instrument.
On the whole, a solid addition to Brilliant Classic’s Dussek series.
Jan Ladislav Dussek: Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 8: Sonatinas
Ursula Dütschler, fortepiano
Brilliant Classics 95982