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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67882
Recording details: August 2011
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: June 2012
Total duration: 9 minutes 14 seconds

'The playing is outstanding for its crystalline tone, springy rhythms, lively tempos and integral handling of ornamentation. Hyperion's recording of the modern Steinway is cleanly focused … Hamelin is often at his most brilliant where Haydn is at his most eccentric … a sparkling collection' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The most immediately striking feature of the set is the unfailingly superb, crystalline clarity of Hamelin's sound … the performances are next to flawless' (International Record Review)

Piano Sonata in C major, Hob XVI:1

Allegro  [2'48]
Adagio  [3'46]
Menuet – Trio  [2'40]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The early sonata No 1 is in three brief movements, with a final minuet enclosing a minor-keyed trio—a pattern found in many sonatas by Wagenseil and other mid-eighteenth-century Viennese composers. Some scholars have questioned Haydn’s authorship of this modestly charming work.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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