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Piano Sonata in C major, Hob XVI:48
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published in 1789 by Breitkopf

Recordings
'Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2' (CDA67710)
Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2
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Movement 1: Andante con espressione
Track 11 on CDA67710 CD2 [8'34] 2CDs for the price of 1
Movement 2: Rondo: Presto
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Piano Sonata in C major, Hob XVI:48
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In 1789, the Leipzig publisher Breitkopf announced that Haydn was writing ‘six Clavier sonatas’ for publication by subscription. Breitkopf evidently failed to attract sufficient subscribers, and in the event only one sonata appeared, the C major No 48. Although in two movements only, like the sonatas for Marie Esterházy, it is far grander than they are, and exploits the fortepiano’s whole range with unprecedented power and flamboyance. In the sonata-rondo finale the keyboard even becomes a surrogate orchestra. The second half of the contredanse theme evokes bantering repartee between bassoons and oboes, while just before the end a rousing tutti, complete with timpani rolls, is comically deflated by timidly stuttering violins. Just as original in its sonorities is the opening Andante con espressione, music both elevated and capricious that crosses Haydn’s favourite double variation form (the minore theme is both a variation and a development of the rhapsodic opening) with the spirit of a free fantasia.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2009

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Details for CDA67710 disc 2 track 12
Rondo: Presto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-09-71027
Duration
3'45
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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