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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: 11 minutes 2 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 flat major, Hob XVI:25
composer
published in Vienna by Kurzböck in 1774; dedicated to Prince Nicolaus Esterházy

Moderato  [8'20]
Tempo di menuet  [2'42]

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Alone among the ‘Esterházy’ sonatas, No 25 in E flat major has two movements only. Its march-like opening Moderato, texturally enriched by frequent octave doublings, is grand in aspiration, if rather discursive in effect. The finale, a sturdy Tempo di menuet, is written in strict canon virtually throughout, with the right hand taking the lead in the first half and the roles reversed in the second.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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