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Piano Sonatas

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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Piano no 59 in E flat major
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 53 in E minor, H 16 no 34
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 47 in B minor, H 16 no 32
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 56 in D major, H 16 no 42
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Fantasia for Piano in C major, H 17 no 4
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Adagio for Keyboard in F major, H 17 no 9
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 58 in C major, H 16 no 48
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 61 in D major, H 16 no 51
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 60 in C major, H 16 no 50
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 62 in E flat major, H 16 no 52
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Sonata in G major, H. 16/40
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 50 in D major, H 16 no 37
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : F Minor Variations
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Notes & Reviews:

Although Haydn's piano sonatas are less known than his symphonies or quartets, they do merit attention. I think there is much higher variety of musical ideas than in Mozart's piano sonatas. Brendel's choice is excellent - if you don't want to own the complete sonatas, this is the first choice. There exists a 2CD compilation by Glenn Gould, which is interesting too. But Brendel's playing is technically flawless and inspired, often revealing the magic behind the apparent simplicity of Haydn's music(listen to the opening of the E flat sonata on disc four).

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
These sonatas are magnificent creations, wonderfully well played by Alfred Brendel. Within the order and scale of these works Haydn explores a rich diversity of musical languages, a wit and broadness of expression that quickly repays attentive listening.

It's the capriciousness as much as the poetry that Brendel so perfectly attends to; his playing, ever alive to the vitality and subtleties, makes these discs a delight. The sophistication innate in the simple dance rhythms, the rusticity that emerges, but above all, the sheer joie de vivre are gladly embraced. Brendel's continual illumination of the musical ideas through intense study pays huge dividends. The recording quality varies enormously between the different works and though the close acoustic on some of the later discs could be faulted for allowing one to hear too much of the keyboard action, it certainly brings one into vivid contact with the music.



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1771

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Piano no 59 in E flat major
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1789-90.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789-1790

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 53 in E minor, H 16 no 34
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 47 in B minor, H 16 no 32
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1774-1776

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 56 in D major, H 16 no 42
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Fantasia for Piano in C major, H 17 no 4
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Adagio for Keyboard in F major, H 17 no 9
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 1786

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 58 in C major, H 16 no 48
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 61 in D major, H 16 no 51
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: ?1794-95

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 60 in C major, H 16 no 50
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1794-95.
  • Running Time: 18 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1794-1795

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 62 in E flat major, H 16 no 52
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1794.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Sonata in G major, H. 16/40
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 50 in D major, H 16 no 37
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 01/31/1780

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : F Minor Variations
  • Performer: Alfred Brendel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793