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Piano Concerto in G major, Hob XVIII:4
published in 1784 by Boyer; 1st and 2nd movement cadenzas by Marc-André Hamelin (b1961)

'Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 11' (CDA67925)
Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 11
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Movement 1: Allegro
Movement 2: Adagio
Movement 3: Rondo: Presto

Piano Concerto in G major, Hob XVIII:4
While there is no firm evidence, the Concerto in G major, Hob XVIII:4, probably dates from a few years later than the F major. What we do know is that it was played at the Concert spirituel in Paris by the famous blind Viennese pianist Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759–1824) in the spring of 1784, and published shortly afterwards (with inauthentic added parts for oboes and horns) by the firm of Boyer. Later the same year Mozart would compose his Piano Concerto in B flat major, K456, for Paradis.

With its lean scoring for strings alone, Haydn’s concerto has none of Mozart’s melodic and colouristic richness. Paradis may even have found it slightly old-fashioned by the standards of 1784. Yet on its own terms it is a delightful, inventive work, more memorable in its ideas and more adventurous in its keyboard writing than the F major. The powerful modulating sequences at the centre of the opening Allegro recall the sonatas and fantasias of C P E Bach, which Haydn studied avidly after they circulated in Vienna in the mid-1760s. Strings are muted for the florid, rhapsodic C major Adagio, capped by a touching little orchestral coda. But the most arresting movement is the rondo finale, full of Haydnesque zest and wit (the refrain keeps popping up in unscripted keys), and one of his earliest flirtations with the Hungarian gypsy style.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2013

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Details for CDA67925 track 9
Rondo: Presto
Recording date
4 October 2012
Recording venue
Palais Montcalm, Québec, Canada
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon & Robert-Eric Gaskell
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  1. Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 11 (CDA67925)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: April 2013
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