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Haydn: Sonatas, Adagio / Byron Schenkman

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 48 in C major, H 16 no 35
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Sonata in C sharp minor, H. 16/36
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 53 in E minor, H 16 no 34
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Sonata in A major, H. 16/30
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 50 in D major, H 16 no 37
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Trio in G major, H. 15/32
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Adagio for Piano in G major
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Notes & Reviews:

"Elegance, wit, and refinement are all evident in these performances. I cannot remember enjoying Haydn as much since the five volumes Gilbert Kalish recorded for Nonesuch back in the 1970s. That series ended about a third of the way through Haydn's complete piano sonatas. This release does not mention any plans for a complete set, but, if continued at this high level, it would please me a great deal. [The five piano sonatas here are in Hoboken's numbering 32,38,39,20, and 43; on this recording they are numbered 30,34,35,36, and 37.-Ed] Schenkman began his professional career on the harpsichord and fortepiano, with a number of recordings (five reviewed in ARG between 1999 and 2003). This is his first record "as a modern pianist". I prefer Haydn on a modern piano, especially when the pianist has a clear and clean touch. We are fortunate Schenkman's transition from the lighter early instruments to a contemporary Steinway is so effective. This is not to say that he takes a lightweight approach to Haydn. The full dynamic range, from pianissimo to fortissimo, is handled with taste as well as conviction. Haydn piano sonatas are still not the mainstream works that Mozart's and, of course, Beethoven's are. I heard more Haydn sonatas performed during my freshman year in music school than in the 35 years that followed. Too bad, because all of the elements that make Mozart and Beethoven sonatas so great can also be found in Haydn. Virtuosity, drama, lyricism, motivic development, singing melodies, inventive harmonies, masterly treatment of musical forms-they are all here. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of Haydn's only keyboard sonata with violin accompaniment. Katie Wolfe's stylish contribution is engaging and their ensemble is just right. I'd like to hear this same duo in other classical repertoire. Ending the program is a beautiful late Adagio for solo piano that shows how Haydn foreshadowed the romantic era. Sound and notes by the pianist are very good." -ARG



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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 48 in C major, H 16 no 35
  • Performer: Byron Schenkman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 01/31/1780

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Sonata in C sharp minor, H. 16/36
  • Performer: Byron Schenkman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 01/31/1780

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 53 in E minor, H 16 no 34
  • Performer: Byron Schenkman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Sonata in A major, H. 16/30
  • Performer: Byron Schenkman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 1776

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 50 in D major, H 16 no 37
  • Performer: Byron Schenkman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 01/31/1780

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Trio in G major, H. 15/32
  • Performers: Byron Schenkman (Piano); Katie Wolfe (Violin)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 06/14/1794

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Adagio for Piano in G major
  • Performer: Byron Schenkman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical