Six Piano Sonatas

Einav Yarden

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The six keyboard sonatas selected for this CD are taken from Haydn’s middle period, all written between 1773-1776 when he was loyally at the service of Prince Nikolaus Esterházy (and to whom three of the sonatas are dedicated). I find it fascinating that even within the context of Haydn’s 60 continuous years of composition, and given the vast development and change in his style – moving from the early Classical period and Style Galant, through the Empfindsamkeit and C.P.E. Bach’s influence, to establishing and refining what is now the essence of “The Classical Style”- Haydn displays in a short period of 3 years an astonishing diversity of compositional techniques, modes of expression, style and characters. The elegant finesse, proportion and (deceiving) symmetry presented in the first movement of the D major Sonata (Hob. XVI:24), is followed with the contrapuntal lines of the first movement of the A major Sonata (Hob. XVI:26), its ingenious Menuet Al Rovescio (Minuet in reverse) and its surprising, playful and brisk third movement. Later on unfolds a serene and beautiful slow movement, reminiscent of a Passacaglia with interwoven long polyphonic lines, in which Haydn overtly leans back to the Baroque era (Hob. XVI:31, 2nd movt.). The set of sonatas chosen here culminates with the B minor sonata (Hob. XVI:32), which foreshadows some Beethovenian elements – in drama, architecture and motivic use.

Tracklist

1.
Sonata no. 44 in F major, Hob. XVI/29 - Moderato
05:05
2.
Sonata no. 44 in F major, Hob. XVI/29 - Adagio
04:19
3.
Sonata no. 44 in F major, Hob. XVI/29 - Tempo di Menuet
03:58
4.
Sonata no. 39 in D major, Hob. XVI/24 - Allegro
04:43
5.
Sonata no. 39 in D major, Hob. XVI/24 - Adagio
03:13
6.
Sonata no. 39 in D major, Hob. XVI/24 - Finale. Presto
02:15
7.
Sonata no. 40 in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/25 - Moderato
05:54
8.
Sonata no. 40 in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/25 - Tempo di Menuet
02:31
9.
Sonata no. 41 in A major, Hob. XVI/26 - Allegro moderato
06:49
10.
Sonata no. 41 in A major, Hob. XVI/26 - Menuet al rovescio Trio (al rovescio)
01:35
11.
Sonata no. 41 in A major, Hob. XVI/26 - Finale. Presto
00:51
12.
Sonata no. 46 in E major, Hob. XVI/31 - Moderato
04:22
13.
Sonata no. 46 in E major, Hob. XVI/31 - Allegretto
02:28
14.
Sonata no. 46 in E major, Hob. XVI/31 - Finale. Presto
02:41
15.
Sonata no. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI/32 - Allegro moderato
05:18
16.
Sonata no. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI/32 - Menuet - Tempo di Menuet
03:05
17.
Sonata no. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI/32 - Finale - Presto
03:13

Total time: 01:02:20

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CC72742

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Mastering Engineer

Floren van Stichel – Serendipitous Mastering

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Producer

Piotr Furmancyk

Recording location

Westvest Church, Schiedam, The Netherlands

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date July 22, 2016

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Diskotabel Radio 4

“Phantastic music, I love the Sturm und Drang style, the contrasting emotions, the whimsical. I myself like to hear this on a fortepiano because of the differences in nuance and colors it can give and I think the modern instrument lacks that, but this says nothing about how well this pianist is playing here, which is very good!”

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