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Hyperion Records

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Portrait of Joseph Haydn engraved by F A Andorff by Carl Jäger
The Cobbe Collection Trust, UK / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67710
Recording details: August 2008
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: August 2009
Total duration: 19 minutes 6 seconds

'One of the outstanding releases of the Haydn celebratory year' (International Record Review)

'A marvellously polished collection of performances … he is a model of correctness, with enough wit, exuberance and the most exquisite lightness of touches to keep the music buoyant' (The Guardian)

'Hamelin is most associated with virtuoso fireworks for piano, but he can also miniaturise himself exquisitely to suit Haydn's wit and elegance … the spring in his fingers is delightful' (The Times)

'As always, Haydn's originality astonishes and delights in his piano music as much as in his symphonies and string quartets. Hamelin revels in the tongue-in-cheek high jinks of the finale to the E minor sonata (No 34) … and is especially compelling in the great C major (No 48) … works that rank with the finest creations of the Viennese Classical period. An unmissable bargain at two-discs-for-the-price of one' (The Sunday Times)

'The continuous outpouring of beautiful tone; it's mesmerizing … these performances are beyond criticism' (Fanfare, USA)

'They sound absolutely superb, in the right hands, on the modern grand piano. And Marc-André Hamelin has the right hands, as his first two-disc set showed … playing of crisp clarity and deep feeling, superbly recorded' (Dominion Post, New Zealand)

'This Hyperion double set contains some of the finest performances of Haydn sonatas I have heard. Hamelin's playing overflows with ardent lyricism and I especially enjoyed his naturalness of rubato. The close sound quality from the Henry Wood Hall is impressive and the booklet essay by Richard Wigmore is helpful too' (MusicWeb International)

Piano Sonata in C major, Hob XVI:35
composer
published in 1780 as part of a set of six dedicated to Franziska and Maria Katherina von Auenbrugger; 'Per il Clavicembalo, o Forte Piano'

Allegro con brio  [7'48]
Adagio  [7'11]
Finale: Allegro  [4'07]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Sonatas Nos 35 and 39 were both published in 1780, in a set of six (35–39, plus No 20 in C minor) that inaugurated Haydn’s long relationship with the Viennese publisher Artaria. They were dedicated to the talented sisters Franziska and Maria Katherina von Auenbrugger, whose playing drew the admiration of both Leopold Mozart—never one to go overboard about fellow-musicians—and Haydn himself. Whereas all Haydn’s earlier sonatas were conceived essentially for harpsichord, the ‘Auenbrugger’ sonatas carried the designation ‘Per il Clavicembalo [harpsichord], o Forte Piano’, and call for the dynamic flexibility only possible on the newer instrument. By far the easiest of this disparate group, technically and expressively, is No 35 in C major, Haydn’s equivalent to Mozart’s famous C major ‘Sonate facile’, K545. In all three movements the material is simple in the extreme. Though shorn of Haydnesque surprises, the first movement has an insouciant charm, and characteristically evolves entirely from its tripping opening theme. After a decorous F major Adagio underpinned by rippling Alberti figuration, the sonata ends with a jocular minuet enclosing a brief C minor episode.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2009

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