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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: 12 minutes 9 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 E minor, Hob XVI:47bis Add.

Adagio  [3'39]
Allegro  [4'59]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
No 47 in E minor is a relatively unassuming Sonata, though even here the opening Adagio, a plaintive siciliano, features striking contrasts of lyricism and rhetoric. Like many of Emanuel Bach’s slow movements, it ends inconclusively. The sprightly contredanse theme of the E major Allegro sounds more typical of Haydn’s finales, while the finale proper is, again, a minuet, cast in condensed sonata form, without a central trio. Coincidentally or not, all three movements of the sonata begin with the same descending scale motif. (Capitalizing on Haydn’s prestige, the publisher Artaria later issued an alternative version of this sonata, transposing the first two movements up a semitone, prefacing them with an F major Moderato which doesn’t sound much like Haydn and almost certainly isn’t, and omitting the minuet finale. Despite its dubious provenance, this version became the better known and was the one catalogued by Hoboken as No 47.)

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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