Haydn: Piano Sonatas Volume 6

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Haydn: Piano Sonatas Volume 6

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CHAN10942

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28th April 2017

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0095115194225

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83 minutes

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Haydn: Piano Sonatas Volume 6


Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Hob.XVI:2

Piano Sonata No. 34 in D major, Hob.XVI:33

Piano Sonata No. 35 in A flat major, Hob.XVI:43

Piano Sonata No. 36 in C major, Hob.XVI:21

Piano Sonata No. 43 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:28


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The highly acclaimed series of Haydn’s complete piano sonatas with multi-award winning pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has now reached Volume 6.

This set opens with the most imposing of Haydn’s early sonatas, No. 11, and follows it with two lesser-known ones, both from the late 1770s, that were published without the composer’s approval: Nos 34 and 35. Each of Nos 36 and 43, the last two featured here, opens a new group of six sonatas, and a new world in Haydn’s compositional style. Future volumes will continue to explore the huge variety of style and expression found in Haydn’s sonatas. As usual, the pianist conveys his personal views in the booklet notes, praising ‘the generally very short phrases typical of Haydn, the abundant touches of humour, the surprises, the embellishments’, and adding: ‘The five sonatas in this programme are not among the most well known. But what treasures they conceal!... I am delighted to dedicate this disc to Professor Ernő Nemecz with whom I have shared a love for Haydn’s music for thirty-five years.’

Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata (Partita) No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:2

Piano Sonata (Partita) No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:2: I. Moderato

Piano Sonata (Partita) No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:2: II. Largo [Molto espressivo]

Piano Sonata (Partita) No. 11 in B-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:2: III. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto da capo

Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 43 in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:28

Piano Sonata No. 43 in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:28: I. Allegro moderato - Adagio - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

Piano Sonata No. 43 in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:28: II. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto da capo

Piano Sonata No. 43 in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:28: III. Finale. Presto

Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 35 in A-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:43

Piano Sonata No. 35 in A-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:43: I. Moderato - Adagio - Tempo I

Piano Sonata No. 35 in A-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:43: II. Menuetto I - Menuetto II - Menuetto I da capo

Piano Sonata No. 35 in A-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:43: III. Rondo. Presto - Adagio - Tempo I

Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 34 in D Major, Hob. XVI:33

Piano Sonata No. 34 in D Major, Hob. XVI:33: I. Allegro - Adagio - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

Piano Sonata No. 34 in D Major, Hob. XVI:33: II. Adagio

Piano Sonata No. 34 in D Major, Hob. XVI:33: III. Tempo di menuetto

Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 36 in C Major, Hob. XVI:21

Piano Sonata No. 36 in C Major, Hob. XVI:21: I. Allegro moderato

Piano Sonata No. 36 in C Major, Hob. XVI:21: II. Adagio

Piano Sonata No. 36 in C Major, Hob. XVI:21: III. Finale. Presto

Gramophone Magazine

June 2017

“He has [promoted Haydn] at a level of technical perfection allied to insight, rigorous intellectual curiosity and the probing instincts of a distinguished performer that have never been brought to bear so acutely and consistently on this part of Haydn’s activity...wonderfully clean as his playing is, there is always warmth and a host of qualities that make his fingers sing and speak and entertain the way they do.”

BBC Music Magazine

July 2017

*****

“Under Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s supple fingers, [Sonata No. 11] proves a delight. By subtle shading of dynamics, minutely varying the rhythmic pacing and adding spritely touches of decoration to repeat sections, he reveals the piece to be packed with bright invention, with a touch of gravity in its slow movement”

classicalsource.com

June 2017

****

“His is a personal approach to Haydn yet it never stands in the way of the composer’s intention.”

Pianist Magazine

August 2017

*****

“The magnificently offbeat, eccentric opening movement of No. 11 sets the tone for 83 minutes of untrammelled delight. Reliably but ingeniously, Bavouzet finds something new to say in the repeats: no mere vocal- imitation trills but ornamentation and mini- cadenzas which honour Haydn’s own spirit of invention of the evolving keyboard instruments of his time.”

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