Haydn: Piano Sonatas Nos.32, 40, 49 & 50
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Haydn's relationship with the keyboard was so intimate and inspirational that it enabled him to develop ideas of the most varied character. From the whimsical to the dramatic, this highly attractive music combines mischievousness, ingenuousness, eloquence and lyricism. Haydn's wealth of contrasts is interpreted with unique grace by Paul Lewis.
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We have all suffered through quite a few dull Haydn sonata discs, where the music is treated as marmoreal "great music," which is NOT Haydn! This disc is something altogether different and far better and richer. A little googling and the notes in the accompanying booklet opened the lid to understanding what Haydn - and Lewis - are doing, and having read them, I can only say that Lewis has found exactly the right tone of delight, discover and - the feeling of improv!
“At eight o’clock Haydn ate breakfast. Immediately afterwards he sat down at the piano and improvised for as long as he needed to find the ideas that served his purpose, which he at once put on paper: This is how the first sketches of his compositions came about […] At four o’clock he again went to his musical activity. He then took the morning’s sketching and scored it […].”
“I sat down and began to fantasize , according to whether my mood was sad or happy, serious or playful. Once I has seized upon an idea, my whole endeavor was to sustain and develop it in keeping with the rules of the art. That is how I sought to help myself.”
Griesinger, from the accompanying booklet
Please Mr Lewis & Harmonia Mundi - MORE!