Tal & Groethuysen play Eberl and Dussek
On October 16, 2020 the piano duo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen released the album "Eberl / Dussek. Concertos for two pianos" in the CD series "Beethoven's World". With the hr-Sinfonieorchester under the baton of Reinhard Goebel the duo interpreted the Concerto for two pianos and orchestra B flat major op. 45 by Anton Eberl, as well as the Concerto for two pianos and orchestra B flat major op. 63 by Jan Ladislav Dussek.
The album was released by Sony Classical.
With his celebrated CD series "Beethoven's World", conductor Reinhard Goebel regularly proves that the epoch of Viennese Classicism has much more to offer than the famous triumvirate of Haydn / Mozart / Beethoven. Thus, the fourth album of this recording series now offers works by composers such as Jan Ladislav Dussek and Anton Eberl, who were equally celebrated contemporaries of Beethoven. Goebel has recorded concertos for two pianos and orchestra by these two composers together with the award-winning piano duo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen.
These concerts are framed by Beethoven's Congratulations Menu for Orchestra in E flat major and - as a world premiere recording - a series of variations on the well-known "Follia" theme from the pen of Joseph von Eybler. Reinhard Goebel conducts the hr-Sinfonieorchester. Jan Ladislaus Dussek and Anton Eberl celebrated great successes during Beethoven's lifetime and have gained recognition and reputation throughout the continent. The Bohemian Dussek was admired as a pianist throughout Europe. And he also had many friends as a person and composer. Like Joseph Haydn, who described Dussek as the "most righteous, most civilized and most excellent man in the art of music". In 1806 he composed his Concerto in B flat major op. 63 (1806) for two pianos and orchestra. Anton Eberl (1765-1807) wrote his Concerto in B flat major op. 45 for two pianos and orchestra in 1803. In contrast to Dussek, who probably never made a guest appearance in Beethoven's adopted home of Vienna, Eberl must have met this great colleague time and again. The "Congratulations Menu", with which the album opens, was a gift from Beethoven to the director of the Josephstadt Theater, Karl Friedrich Hensler. The "Follia with all instruments" by Joseph von Eybler is the orchestral version of Arcangelo Corelli's Violin Sonata op. 5, no. 12 from 1700.
For Süddeutsche Zeitung definitely favorite of the week of 10/16/2020:
"It is striking how closely all these great and minor masters are connected in their musical language. Tal & Groethuysen feel audibly comfortable among them". (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 17.10.2020, Helmut Mauró)
"The Duo Tal & Groethuysen (Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen) and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under the direction of Reinhard Goebel convince with passionate, colorful playing. (Online Merker, 17.10.2020, Jan Krobot)