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Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1

> Keyboard Sonata No. 22 in D major, Hob.XVI:24 - I. Allegro
> Keyboard Sonata No. 22 in D major, Hob.XVI:24 - II. Adagio
> Keyboard Sonata No. 22 in D major, Hob.XVI:24 - III. Finale: Presto
> Keyboard Sonata No. 47 in B minor, Hob.XVI:32 - I. Allegro moderato
> Keyboard Sonata No. 47 in B minor, Hob.XVI:32 - II. Menuet
> Keyboard Sonata No. 47 in B minor, Hob.XVI:32 - III. Finale: Presto
> Keyboard Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Hob.XVI:46 - I. Allegro moderato
> Keyboard Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Hob.XVI:46 - II. Adagio (cadenza by J-E. Bavouzet)
> Keyboard Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Hob.XVI:46 - III. Finale: Presto
> Keyboard Sonata No. 49 in C sharp minor, Hob.XVI:36 - I. Moderato
> Keyboard Sonata No. 49 in C sharp minor, Hob.XVI:36 - II. Scherzando: Allegro con brio
> Keyboard Sonata No. 49 in C sharp minor, Hob.XVI:36 - III. Menuet: Moderato

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 39 in D major, H 16 no 24
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 47 in B minor, H 16 no 32
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 31 in A flat major, H 16 no 46
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Sonata in C sharp minor, H. 16/36
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Notes & Reviews:

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's complete Debussy cycle has proven to be among the best-selling recordings for Chandos in recent years and an award-winning collection across the world. He now embarks on the Haydn Piano Sonatas, and confirms that he should in no way be pigeon-holed in French repertoire. Few leading pianists have recorded these virtuosic Classical sonatas but in the hands of Maestro Bavouzet he offers something new to these contributions to piano repertoire.

"This first release in a long-term series offers four sonatas, dispatched with scintillating brightness and many ornamental trills...It's impossible not to be impressed...by the panache of No 39 in D or the grand carnival of the relatively lengthy No 31 in A-flat." -The Times

"nothing, either in expression or tone, is ever forced. It helps that [Bavouzet's] modern grand (maker unspecified) has a relatively crisp lower register, and that the recorded sound rightly achieves spaciousness and intimacy...a wonderfully promising series." -BBC Music Magazine ****

"however extensive his survey turns out to be, the results should be well worth hearing...Though he exploits all the tonal possibilities of the modern concert grand, Bavouzet also makes full use of the latest ideas on performance practice...It's the best kind of historically alert piano playing." -The Guardian ****

"The scherzando middle movement of the C sharp minor sonata (No 49) made me want to dance around the room to Bavouzet's joyous playing. Unadulterated bliss." -Sunday Times *****

"[Haydn's sonatas] still have a Baroque feel which Bavouzet doesn't seek to play down, and he conveys Haydn's impish spirit with the utmost clarity." -The Telegraph ****

"The French pianist renowned for Debussy has now turned his attention to Haydn, and the results are effervescent and dazzling" -The Observer

"Clarity of line is paramount in this music and that is what Bavouzet delivers: he views the sonatas with sobriety but by no means dispassionately...Discreet ornamentation adds allure to music that offers both majesty and sweetness, and ranges from the grand gesture to Haydn's trademark high jinks" -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/06/2009-10/08/2009).



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 39 in D major, H 16 no 24
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/06/2009-10/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1773

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 47 in B minor, H 16 no 32
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/06/2009-10/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1774-1776

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 31 in A flat major, H 16 no 46
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/06/2009-10/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1767-1770

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Sonata in C sharp minor, H. 16/36
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/06/2009-10/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 01/31/1780