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Track(s) taken from CDA67710

Fantasia in C major 'Capriccio', Hob XVII:4

March 1789; based on the Austrian folksong Do Bäuren hat d'Katz valor'n

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Recording details: August 2008
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: August 2009
Total duration: 5 minutes 40 seconds

Cover artwork: Portrait of Joseph Haydn engraved by F A Andorff by Carl Jäger
The Cobbe Collection Trust, UK / Bridgeman Art Library, London


‘One of the outstanding releases of the Haydn celebratory year’ (International Record Review)

‘A marvellously polished collection of performances … he is a model of correctness, with enough wit, exuberance and the most exquisite lightness of touches to keep the music buoyant’ (The Guardian)

‘Hamelin is most associated with virtuoso fireworks for piano, but he can also miniaturise himself exquisitely to suit Haydn's wit and elegance … the spring in his fingers is delightful’ (The Times)

‘As always, Haydn's originality astonishes and delights in his piano music as much as in his symphonies and string quartets. Hamelin revels in the tongue-in-cheek high jinks of the finale to the E minor sonata (No 34) … and is especially compelling in the great C major (No 48) … works that rank with the finest creations of the Viennese Classical period. An unmissable bargain at two-discs-for-the-price of one’ (The Sunday Times)

‘The continuous outpouring of beautiful tone; it's mesmerizing … these performances are beyond criticism’ (Fanfare, USA)

‘They sound absolutely superb, in the right hands, on the modern grand piano. And Marc-André Hamelin has the right hands, as his first two-disc set showed … playing of crisp clarity and deep feeling, superbly recorded’ (Dominion Post, New Zealand)

‘This Hyperion double set contains some of the finest performances of Haydn sonatas I have heard. Hamelin's playing overflows with ardent lyricism and I especially enjoyed his naturalness of rubato. The close sound quality from the Henry Wood Hall is impressive and the booklet essay by Richard Wigmore is helpful too’ (MusicWeb International)
In March 1789, Haydn wrote to Artaria: ‘In a moment of great good humour I have completed a new Capriccio for fortepiano, whose taste, singularity and special construction cannot fail to receive approval from connoisseurs and amateurs alike. It is … rather long, but by no means too difficult.’ The work in question—harder to play than Haydn implied—was the one we know as the Fantasia in C major. Based on an Austrian folksong, Do Bäuren hat d’Katz valor’n (‘The farmer’s wife has lost her cat’), this madcap 3/8 Presto is a work of scintillating virtuosity, full of quasi-orchestral effects (such as the horn calls in a prominent cadential phrase) that recall the finale of sonata No 48. It is also one of Haydn’s zaniest essays in comic deception, repeatedly leading us to expect one key and then leaping or slinking off in a quite different direction.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2009

En mars 1789, Haydn écrivit à Artaria: «À mes heures de très grande gaieté, j’ai composé un tout nouveau Capriccio pour le pianoforte, dont le goût, la singularité et la conception particulière seront, c’est absolument certain, applaudis des connaisseurs comme des profanes. Il est … un peu long, mais en rien trop difficile.» Cette œuvre, plus dure à jouer que ne le suggérait Haydn, nous la connaissons aujourd’hui sous le nom de Fantaisie en ut majeur. Fondé sur un chant populaire autrichien, Do Bäuren hat d’Katz valor’n («La fermière a perdu son chat»), ce Presto fou, à 3/8, est d’une virtuosité scintillante, nourri d’effets quasi orchestraux (tels ces appels de cor dans une saillante phrase cadentielle) rappelant le finale de la Sonate no 48. C’est aussi l’un des essais les plus loufoques de Haydn en matière de tromperie comique—plusieurs fois, il nous fait escompter une certaine tonalité pour ensuite sauter ou s’éclipser dans une toute autre direction.

extrait des notes rédigées par Richard Wigmore © 2009
Français: Hypérion

Im März 1789 schrieb Haydn an Artaria: „Ich habe bey launigster stunde ein ganz neues Capriccio für das fortepiano verfasst, welches wegen geschmack, seltenheit, besonderer ausarbeitung ganz gewiss von Kennern und Nichtkennern mit allem beyfall muss aufgenohmen werden. Es ist … etwas lang, aber gar nicht zu schwer.“ Das Werk in Frage—das schwerer zu spielen ist als Haydn impliziert—ist heute als Fantasie in C-Dur bekannt. Dieses auf einem österreichischen Volkslied Do Bäuren hat d’Katz valor’n basierende tolle 3/8-Presto ist ein Werk von schillernder Virtuosität, voller quasi orchestraler Effekte (wie etwa den Hornsignalen in einer prominenten Kadenzphrase), die an das Finale der Sonate Nr. 48 erinnern. Sie ist außerdem einer der verrücktesten Versuche Haydns in komischer Täuschung mit einer Folge von Trugschlüssen, in denen wir eine Tonart erwarten, aber in eine ganz andere Richtung hüpfen oder schlüpfen.

aus dem Begleittext von Richard Wigmore © 2009
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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