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This complete Haydn music for solo keyboard box set includes 15 CDs featuring 55 sonatas as well as sets of dances and variations and various independent pieces. Included is also an unusual keyboard arrangement of The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross, published in 1787 with the composer’s approval. These recordings were originally released between 1999 and 2004, in instalments which received universal acclaim, including a Cannes Classical Award in 2004.
“…in the earliest sonatas Brautigam plays… with ready wit, and he used to the full the dynamic and tonal range, so that the simplest pieces have colourful charm and never sound under-nourished. In the later works… his technique is always equal to Haydn's demands, from the most skittish of scherzos to the volcanic eruptions and harmonic bravado of the darkest and most forward-looking sonatas.”
“…if you want Haydn's complete keyboard works in performances that totally embrace the composer's surprises, emotional highs and lows and technical demands, nothing holds a candle to fortepianist Ronald Brautigam's cycle on BIS - a bargain at 15 CDs for the price of three.”
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