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Piano Sonata in D major, Hob XVI:33
possibly as early as 1773; first published, without Haydn's knowledge, by Beardmore & Birchall of London in 1783

'Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2' (CDA67710)
Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2
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Piano Sonata in D major, Hob XVI:33
With most of the autographs lost, the exact dating of Haydn’s sonatas is often speculative. Although it was first published (without Haydn’s knowledge) by the London firm of Beardmore & Birchall in 1783, the D major sonata No 33 was circulating in manuscript copies several years earlier, and could even date from as early as 1773. While modest in its technical demands (a contemporary reviewer remarked that Haydn seemed to have taken special care to make it easy), it is a thoroughly delightful piece. Its opening Allegro, launched by a ‘rocketing’ arpeggio figure, begins in prompt, no-nonsense style, but later develops a vein of waywardness with its whimsical hesitations and pauses. The second movement is a gravely eloquent D minor Adagio that combines the outlines of sonata form with the spirit of a free fantasia. As with many of C P E Bach’s slow movements, the music never comes to a full close but dissolves into the finale, a minuet that varies in turn a pair of related themes, one in the major, the other in the minor.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2009

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Details for CDA67710 disc 2 track 7
Tempo di menuet
Recording date
30 August 2008
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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    Release date: August 2009
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