The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
Czech composer Josef Mysliveček was born in Prague on 9 March 1737, one of twin sons to a wealthy mill owner. He abandoned his philsophy studies when six of his symphonies were well-received in Prague.
Some mystery surrounds the removal of his nose, shortly before an impecunious death in Rome on 4 February 1781. Some sources claim that the operation was to attempt to cure him of syphilis, whereas others claim that he caught an infection after being involved in a coach accident.
CD Spotlight. Unerring Artistry - Wendy Warner plays Haydn and Mysliveček, recommended by Howard Smith. '... her beguiling performances are alive with consistent ebullience ...'
Record Box. Bright Performances - Music for strings by Josef Myslivecek, reviewed by Patric Standford