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