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After the great success of his recordings of Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Medtner Piano Concertos, Yevgeny Sudbin now presents a disc of solo works by Haydn. As Sudbin writes in his liner notes, one of the qualities in this composer which he finds particularly endearing is Haydn’s ‘delight in silliness, outrageous wit and the breaking of all conventions’. The works chosen for this recital are by no means mere light-weight ‘musical jokes’, however; for instance they include the profoundly beautiful Andante con variazioni in F minor, which some have suggested was written in response to the death of Mozart In an affectionate tribute to the composer, Sudbin ends his recital with Larking with Haydn, his own tongue-in-cheek arrangement of the Finale of the Lark Quartet.
The release in 2005 of Yevgeny Sudbin’s first disc, a selection of Scarlatti sonatas, caused a sensation. A number of reviewers compared it favourably to the legendary recordings by Horowitz in the same repertoire, and on the BBC Radio 3 CD Review, the result was described as follows: ‘It's as if he's dragged Scarlatti off a dusty museum shelf and brought him out into the sunshine where both he and the music are happily basking.’
Franz Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Sonata No. 47 in B minor, Hob.XVI:32
I. Allegro moderato
III. Finale: Presto
Franz Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Sonata No. 60 in C major, Hob.XVI:50
III. Allegro molto
Franz Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Sonata No. 53 in E minor, Hob.XVI:34
III. Vivace molto
Franz Joseph Haydn: Fantasia (Capriccio) in C major, Hob.XVII:4
Fantasia (Capriccio) in C major, Hob XVII:4
Franz Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Sonata in F minor, Hob.XVII:6, "Un piccolo divertimento: Variations"
Keyboard Sonata in F minor, Hob. XVII:6, "Un piccolo divertimento: Variations"
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 53 in D major, Op. 64, No. 5, Hob.III:63, "The Lark": IV. Finale: Vivace (arr. Y. Sudbin)
String Quartet No. 53 in D major, Op. 64, No. 5, Hob.III:63, "The Lark": IV. Finale: Vivace (arr. for piano)
“...the liberties rarely sound wilful, almost always revealing alternative insights, whilst Sudbin's handling of his potential heavy modern Steinway D grand is a delectable display of crispness, lightness, luminosity and affectionate songfulness...there is never a dull moment on this disc.”
“Keyboard dexterity can naturally be taken as a given from a pianist who excels in the Russian Romantics; but let us not forget that Sudbin opened his account on records with...Scarlatti and he locates in Haydn's piano music the same mercurial shifts of mood and colour...Sudbin is always a compelling presence”
4th June 2010
“The vitality of spirit that characterises this entire disc is immediately evident in the opening bars...Sudbin’s touch is impeccable and deft, the piano tone both lucid and rounded, the ornamentation crisp, his senses alive to the nuances that make this music limitlessly fascinating.”
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