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Joseph Haydn: The London Sonatas / Gottlieb Wallisch, piano

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 60 in C major, H 16 no 50
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 61 in D major, H 16 no 51
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 62 in E flat major, H 16 no 52
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : F Minor Variations
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Piano no 59 in E flat major
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Notes & Reviews:

Famed for his clarity of line and purity of tone, Gottlieb Wallisch moves from Mozart to his contemporary Haydn for his fourth recording with Linn. Wallisch launched his international career by winning the 'Joseph Haydn Prize' as well as first prize at the prestigious Stravinsky Awards at the age of just sixteen. He celebrated Haydn's anniversary year in 2009 by giving a critically acclaimed cycle of concerts in the Musikverein, Vienna dedicated to the composer. Haydn's famous London Sonatas can be viewed as the distillation of the composer's entire sonata-writing experience; Gottlieb perfectly captures his characteristic humour, energy and spiritedness. Sonata No. 60 was written for an instrument of greater tonal range than the Viennese instruments of the day, with a wider palette of specified dynamic possibilities and pedal effects. With a striking two-movement format, asymmetrical phrases and unusual accents Sonata No. 61 was ahead of its time, breaking the limits of traditional sonata form. Often described as a symphony for the piano, Sonata No. 62 has frequently been praised as Haydn's 'opus summum' due to its large-scale form, diversity of expression and its virtuoso requirements. Named a Steinway Artist in 2012, Gottlieb Wallisch is a respected artist in the Viennese piano tradition. Gottlieb Wallisch has performed with many leading orchestras including Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He has performed at prestigious London venues Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
In the F minor Variations, Wallisch's poised pianism, suave tempo relationships and keen attention to the music's bountiful harmonic inventiveness offer much to savour...Better still is Wallisch's fluent, rhythmically pointed and heartfelt rendition of the Andante in the remote key of E major.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2014
His technique and touch are immaculate, his tempos are judicious and, without over-emphasis or eccentricity, he always phrases meaningfully...And his account of the alternatively plaintive and fanciful, but ultimately tragic Variations in F minor is the more powerful for refraining from over-milking the pathos at the end.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
I tend to agree. In this release of Haydn's late sonatas I find the playing technically polished and occasionally thrilling. I find the best playing in the opening movement of Sonata 62. Linn's sound is lovely.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Historischer Reitstadel zu Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, G (09/10/2013-09/11/2013).



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 60 in C major, H 16 no 50
  • Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
  • Notes: Historischer Reitstadel zu Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (09/10/2013-09/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1794-1795

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 61 in D major, H 16 no 51
  • Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
  • Notes: Historischer Reitstadel zu Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (09/10/2013-09/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: ?1794-95

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 62 in E flat major, H 16 no 52
  • Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
  • Notes: Historischer Reitstadel zu Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (09/10/2013-09/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : F Minor Variations
  • Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
  • Notes: Historischer Reitstadel zu Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (09/10/2013-09/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Piano no 59 in E flat major
  • Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
  • Notes: Historischer Reitstadel zu Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany (09/10/2013-09/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789-1790