Movement 1: Allegro
Movement 2: Largo cantabile
Movement 3: Presto
If the F major Concerto’s spry opening Allegro contains relatively few Haydnesque surprises, it carries the listener along with its energy and confident sense of direction. There are some piquant contrasts of major and minor (a ploy Haydn may have picked up from Wagenseil’s sonatas and concertos), and a long, modulating central development where the ubiquitous moto perpetuo keyboard figuration builds to an impassioned climax. The C major Largo cantabile is a wordless operatic aria designed to display the player’s ‘taste’ (an eighteenth-century buzzword) and feeling, the finale a fetching contredanse with scintillating toccata-style keyboard figuration.
from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2013