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Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 / Bavouzet

Audio Samples

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 48 in C major, H 16 no 35
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 32 in G minor, H 16 no 44
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 50 in D major, H 16 no 37
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 19 in E minor, H 16 no 47bis
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 20 in B flat major, H 16 no 18

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 48 in C major, H 16 no 35
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 32 in G minor, H 16 no 44
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 50 in D major, H 16 no 37
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 19 in E minor, H 16 no 47bis
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 20 in B flat major, H 16 no 18
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The multi-award winning and ever-popular Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is back with Volume 2 of Chandos' highly acclaimed Haydn Sonata series. This new release follows Bavouzet's complete Debussy cycle and a number of recent concerto recordings - all of which have been extraordinarily well received by critics and audiences alike, picking up numerous awards along the way. Praise for Volume 1: "Bavouzet turns from Debussy to Haydn with vivid results... the first disc in what I hope will be a long and comprehensive series." - Gramophone "Every second of this CD is a delight with Bavouzet's artistry carrying anything that might sound routine." - International Piano

"These performances sound natural, appropriate and in perfect structural and expressive proportion...They are the work of an insightful musician of profound culture and wide interests, whose intellectual and emotional identification with Haydn is unreserved, and whose playing, beautifully captured in technical terms, is a delight to listen to." -International Record Review

"This second volume in Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's Haydn sonata cycle is every bit as outstanding as the first. As previously, he ornaments repeats liberally and observes second-half repeats, playing the codas (if any) only the second time around--a very intelligent decision. Indeed, it works so well that I would be surprised if this doesn't turn out to be one of those "authentic" performance practices that no contemporary sources discuss because it's so obvious on purely musical grounds... as before, the sonics are as brilliant and natural as the playing. A wonderful recital, from first note to last." -ClassicsToday (10/10)

"Though better known in French repertory, Mr. Bavouzet has begun an exploration of Haydn’s long-underrated sonatas. The first installment was dazzling, and the second is too: crisp and detailed. Mr. Bavouzet’s slow movements are particularly memorable; he shows instinctive feeling for the way this music breathes." -The New York Times

All Music Guide - James Manheim
When French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet released his first album of keyboard sonatas, it was a revelation, and this one is nothing less. On the first album, and again here in his second volume in the series, Bavouzet generally took second-half repeats and attached the coda only to the repeat, a novel procedure. In general, though, his readings are simply astonishingly detailed rather than radical. Bavouzet emphasized neither the rhythmic profile nor the tonal experimentation of Haydn's sonatas; everything remains within the usual expressive parameters, and if anything, his readings here, involving sonatas that don't much employ the dramatic Sturm und Drang mode of expression, are a bit on the delicate side. If his readings could be said to be "about" anything, it would be ornamentation: the repeats have a great variety of added trills, appoggiaturas, and mordents, but they're so subtly and tastefully applied you hardly realize they're there. Bavouzet has fabulous control over texture, and the surface variety of these readings is perhaps the greatest of any Haydn performances around. The slow movements are just magnificently controlled and absolutely hypnotic; sample the Largo e sostenuto of the Piano Sonata in D major, Hob. 16/37, for a taste of the constantly changing guises that a simple triplet takes on in Bavouzet's hands.

With this album, Bavouzet announces a series of Haydn sonatas, like "bouquets," to be drawn out over the years; one can hardly wait for added volumes of exquisitely well-considered Haydn. Chandos' sound, captured at the flawlessly suited Potton Hall, is a big draw in itself.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk.



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 48 in C major, H 16 no 35
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/06/2009-10/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 01/31/1780

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 32 in G minor, H 16 no 44
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/19/2010-06/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1771-1773

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 50 in D major, H 16 no 37
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/19/2010-06/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 01/31/1780

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 19 in E minor, H 16 no 47bis
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/19/2010-06/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1765

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 20 in B flat major, H 16 no 18
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/19/2010-06/21/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1771-1773