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Track(s) taken from CDA67882

Piano Sonata in G major, Hob XVI:6


Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
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Recording details: August 2011
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: June 2012
Total duration: 15 minutes 52 seconds


'The playing is outstanding for its crystalline tone, springy rhythms, lively tempos and integral handling of ornamentation. Hyperion's recording of the modern Steinway is cleanly focused … Hamelin is often at his most brilliant where Haydn is at his most eccentric … a sparkling collection' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The most immediately striking feature of the set is the unfailingly superb, crystalline clarity of Hamelin's sound … the performances are next to flawless' (International Record Review)
Most impressive of Haydn’s early sonatas is the four-movement G major, No 6. The opening movement deploys a diverse array of galant clichés with a confident swagger, while the final Allegro molto, spiced by irregular phrase lengths, shares the drive and dash of Haydn’s early symphony finales. There is a Baroque flavour to the trio of the minuet, with its chromatically falling bass (a traditional symbol of lamentation), and to the G minor Adagio, in which the right hand spins an expressive arioso over a steadily reiterated quaver pulse.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

La plus impressionnante des premières sonates de Haydn est la nº 6 en sol majeur, en quatre mouvements. Le mouvement inaugural déploie avec bravade tout un éventail de clichés galants, tandis que l’Allegro molto final, pimenté de longueurs de phrases irrégulières, a le ressort et le panache des finales des premières symphonies haydniennes. Un parfum baroque se dégage du trio du menuet, avec sa basse chromatiquement descendante (symbole traditionnel de lamentation), et de l’Adagio en sol mineur, où la main droite file un arioso expressif par-dessus un rythme de croches réitéré sans dételer.

extrait des notes rédigées par Richard Wigmore © 2012
Français: Hypérion

Die eindrucksvollste unter Haydns frühen Sonaten ist die viersätzige Nr. 6 in G-Dur. Souverän daher schreitend bedient sich der Kopfsatz einer Vielfalt von galanten Floskeln, während das Finale—ein mit unregelmäßigen Phrasen gespicktes Allegro molto—jenen Schwung und Elan zeigt, der auch die Schlusssätze von Haydns frühen Sinfonien prägt. Barocke Anklänge finden sich im Trio des Menuetts mit seinem chromatisch absteigenden Bass (traditionell eine Klagefigur) sowie im Adagio in g-Moll, über dessen gleichmäßig pulsierendem Achtelrhythmus die rechte Hand ein ausdrucksvolles Arioso entspinnt.

aus dem Begleittext von Richard Wigmore © 2012
Deutsch: Arne Muus

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