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This is the world premiere recording of Myslivecek’s Piano Concerto No 2, and for both concertos Claire Hammond has created her own editions based on manuscripts.

The music of Josef Myslivecek (1737-81) is exquisitely crafted and offers bracing freshness, nowhere more than in the First Concerto. The score states ‘cembalo’, probably meaning fortepiano, but Hammond’s Steinway works beautifully. Her playing is always neat and particularly suits the cleanliness of the finales. The Second Concerto is slightly more ambitious: here the Scottish Chamber Orchestra offers joyous contributions, while Hammond spins a web of beauty in the central Larghetto.

The solo keyboard couplings were designed for amateurs and ooze with Myslivecek’s charm. The Divertimenti were known to Mozart and, like the Italianate and slightly more sophisticated Lessons, are delightful. So too are Hammond’s performances.

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