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Haydn: Last Piano Sonatas Import

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Disc: 1

  1. (Sonato In C Major, Hob. Xvi: 48) Andante Con Espressione
  2. (Sonato In C Major, Hob. Xvi: 48) Rondo. Presto
  3. (Sonato In E-Flat Major, Hob. Xvi: 49) Allegro
  4. (Sonato In E-Flat Major, Hob. Xvi: 49) Adagio E Cantabile
  5. (Sonato In E-Flat Major, Hob. Xvi: 49) Finale. Tempo Di Minuet
  6. (Sonato In C Major, Hob. Xvi: 50) Allegro
  7. (Sonato In C Major, Hob. Xvi: 50) Adagio
  8. (Sonato In C Major, Hob. Xvi: 50) Allegro Molto
  9. (Sonato In D Major, Hob. Xvi: 51) Andante
  10. (Sonato In D Major, Hob. Xvi: 51) Finale. Presto
  11. (Sonato In E-Flat Major, Hob. Xvi: 52) Allegro
  12. (Sonato In E-Flat Major, Hob. Xvi: 52) Adagio
  13. (Sonato In E-Flat Major, Hob. Xvi: 52) Finale. Presto


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • ASIN: B00006G9UK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This disc is likely to have a specialised appeal -- it is not just Gould but Gould on unfamiliar territory. The disc contains Haydn's last 5 sonatas, extracted on to 1 CD from a set that has only 1 more piece in an expensive 2-disc format. If you know Gould's work you will not be surprised by anything here. He was the least 'romantic' in style of all the great virtuosi, his evenness of touch was legendary and he provides a certain amount of vocal obbligato (not something that bothers me). He uses a piano you could play Rachmaninov on and that does not bother me either -- Richter, Serkin and Horowitz used similar. His approach shows at its best in the first sonata here, in D with a very long first movement, and he captures Haydn's typical unpredictability in this movement outstandingly well and gives a superb performance of the finale with marvellous pearly fingerwork. In the C major (#50) he takes the usual fast tempo in the first movement, not the slowish one taken by Serkin, and I expect that this is likely to have more general appeal, but I could never be without the wonderful imaginative touch that Serkin applies to the second theme in the first movement recapitulation, a celestial musical-box effect. In #52 in E flat the only other performance I own is an early Horowitz effort, marvellously played but too badly recorded to be recommendable. This piece again suits Gould, especially in the fast and vigorous outer movements. I would say he captures Haydn's quirkiness brilliantly, but not his humour. Humour and Gould don't seem to go together somehow. I should also say I have never heard Richter's performance of this sonata all the way through, but I have heard enough of it to think that anyone looking for an outstanding account should do just that, as I plan to do myself.Read more ›
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