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VOŘÍŠEK, Jan Hugo (1791–1825)

COMPLETE WORKS FOR PIANO • 2

THEME AND VARIATIONS IN B-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 19 • 2 RONDOS, OP. 18 • LE DÉSIR, OP. 3 • LE PLAISIR, OP. 4 • ECLOGUE • IMPROMPTU IN F MAJOR • IMPROMPTU IN B FLAT MAJOR • STAMMBUCHBLATT IN A MAJOR


  • Biljana Urban, piano

This second volume devoted to the music of Bohemian-born Jan Hugo Vořišek charts his rapid compositional development from the early Stammbuchblatt and Impromptu in B flat to the tone-painting of the Rondos, Op.18. His early training with Václav Tomášek remained potent but so too did the new ethos of Beethoven. His character pieces share something of Schubert’s harmonic ideas and suggest why Vořišek should be seen as a leading Viennese composer in the first quarter of the nineteenth-century.

Tracklist

1
Theme and Variations in B-Flat Major, Op. 19 (1822) (00:10:46)
 
2 Rondos, Op. 18 () (00:02:32 )
2
No. 1 in C Major (00:02:26)
3
No. 2 in G Major (00:02:26)
4
Le Desir, Op. 3 (1819) (00:12:50)
5
Le Plaisir, Op. 4 (1819) (00:08:09)
6
Eclogue in C Major (c1824) (00:08:54)
7
Impromptu in F Major (1824) (00:07:37)
8
Impromptu in B-Flat Major (1817) (00:03:03)
9
Stammbuchblatt in A Major (1817) (00:01:28)
Total Time: 00:57:39

The Artist

Biljana Urban comes from a family with a rich musical tradition. Her Czech-born grandfather, Jan Urban (1875–1952), was a composer and conductor. Biljana Urban received her Ph.D. in Music (Piano Performance) summa cum laude from the Academy of Music in Zagreb, and has an international career, appearing in such venues as the Fresno Concert Hall, California, and taking part in international music festivals. As a chamber musician she has performed with soloists of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Monnaie Orchestra, Brussels, and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Her recitals have been broadcast by radio and television companies in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia, Slovenia and the United States. The first album of Vorišek’s Complete Works for Piano was classed among the best albums of 2014 by Culture Catch.

Reviews

“…Biljana Urban illuminates Voříšek’s music very effectively and the disc is extremely enjoyable.” – MusicWeb International

“…Pianist Biljana Urban immerses with devotion and love in Vorisek’s amiable pages. Due to her appropriate approach these solid piano pieces gain charm and grace…” – Klassieke Zaken