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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: 16 minutes 31 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 B flat major, Hob XVI:2

Moderato  [6'56]
Largo  [5'38]
Menuet – Trio  [3'57]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The crisp opening movement of Sonata No 2 in B flat major makes witty play with the skittish little triplet figure first heard in bar 2. The slow movement is a florid, often chromatic G minor Largo full of broken, sobbing phrases, the finale an elegantly proportioned minuet enclosing a haunting syncopated trio in B flat minor.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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