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While, unlike Mozart, Haydn never made a living as a keyboard soloist, he nevertheless came nearest to Mozart in the best known of his keyboard concertos, No. 11 in D major. First performed in Paris in 1784 this is a work of the composer’s maturity, with strikingly dramatic contrasts, an expressive slow movement and an infectious Hungarian Rondo. Although slight by comparison, if not in craftsmanship, Concerto No. 3 is notable for its wistful slow movement and lively Finale, while Concerto No. 4, with its elaborate solo part, includes a dramatic and sombre Andante cantabile, and an exuberant Rondo.
Franz Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Concerto in F major, Hob.XVIII:3
II. Largo cantabile
III. Finale: Presto
Franz Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Concertino in C major, Hob. XIV:11
II. Un poco adagio
III. Rondo all'ungarese: Allegro assai
Franz Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Concerto in G major, Hob.XVIII:4
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Rondo: Presto
Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Concerto in G major, Hob.XVIII:9
III. Tempo di Meneutto
“The young German pianist Sebastian Knauer gives sprightly and sensitive accounts of all four concertos, dancing nimbly through Haydn's long stretches of toccata-style passagework and spinning a pure, eloquent line in the slow movements.”
“In Knauer such music has an ideal interpreter... Naxos’s balance and sound are as exemplary as the performances.”
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