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Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4 - nos 30, 38 & 40; Variations / Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 38 in F major, H 16 no 23
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, H. 16/25
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : F Minor Variations
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 30 in D major, H 16 no 19
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is Volume 4 in Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's project to record the complete piano sonatas of Haydn. The last volume in the series was a Critic's Choice in Gramophone, an Instrumental Choice in BBC Music, Recording of the Month in MusicWeb International and Editor's Choice in the magazine Classic FM. Bavouzet received a BBC Music Award in 2012 and a Gramophone in 2011 for his recording of works by Debussy and Ravel. He's won multiple awards for his recording of the complete works for solo piano by Debussy, including a BBC Music Magazine Award for Volume 3 and a Gramophone Award for Volume 4.

Financial Times, September 2012
Quite apart from his stylistic command and sheer delight in the music, Bavouzet's mixing and matching of different periods in the composer's awe-inspiring pianistic development ensures there is never a dull moment.

The Observer, September 2012
This continuing series is turning into a real classic: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has an infectious sense of the witty fun that underlies so many of Haydn's inventions, and the finale of the D major Sonata No 30 fairly fizzes with joy. But the real discovery here is a new version of the wonderful, touching Variations in F minor.

Sunday Times, September 2012
With his Yamaha piano, Bavouzet's crisp articulation - a constant delight - seeks to emulate the plucked action of the harpsichord, but he brings a singing legato line to Haydn's melodies.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
This is among the finest accounts [of the Variations] on disc: searchingly nuanced from moment to moment yet never losing its grip on the work's tragic progress. Bavouzet's readings of the three selected Sonatas in this latest instalment of his ongoing series are all equally illuminating in different ways.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/21/2012-02/23/2012).



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 38 in F major, H 16 no 23
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/21/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1773

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, H. 16/25
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/21/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1773

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : F Minor Variations
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/21/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 30 in D major, H 16 no 19
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/21/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1767

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : F Minor Variations
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/21/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793