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Haydn: Piano Sonatas Vol.2



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Marc-Andr?® Hamelin's first set of Haydn Piano Sonatas was Hyperion's best-selling release of 2007, and had the critics jostling to acclaim his performances in the highest terms, in particular his expression of the 'physical exhilaration of Haydn's playful inspiration in a way unmatched by any pianist past or present'. His second volume, released in a year where new Haydn recordings are prominent, should surely match the critical and commercial success of the first. Some of Haydn's most alluring and appealing keyboard works are recorded here. The surprising (to some) emotional range of the composer is fully evident in the extraordinarily sensitive and intimate Sonata in E flat major No 49, written for Maria Anna von Genzinger, and the profoundly felt Andante con variazioni in F minor, the composition of which coincided with her death.

'Hamelin kicks off with the late C major sonata, H50, nailing his virtuoso credentials firmly to the mast with a mercurial account of its opening movement... Hamelin's playing is dazzling... these are altogether splendid performances... these beautifully recorded performances can't be recommended too highly' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The ever-phenomenal Marc-Andr?® Hamelin breaks out into the light with a two-disc set of Haydn sonatas... these are astonishing performances... Hyperion's sound and presentation are, as always, immaculate' (Gramophone)

'Hamelin's gift for making light of complex textures and technically taxing writing is here harnessed to music of Classical clarity and economy. It is without doubt one of his finest achievements - and that's saying something. This cleverly chosen selection of diverse character is played with masterly resourcefulness. Hamelin can do deadpan humour (the finale of No 40) and brilliant note-spinning (No 32) like few others, but also finds a truly affecting wistfulness in some of the slow movements. Superbly recorded, this is a life-enhancing release' (Classic FM Magazine)
Facts
Item number CDA67710
Barcode 034571177106
Release date 27/07/2009
Category Classical
Label Hyperion Records
Media type CD
Number of units 2
Performers
Artists Hamelin, Marc-Andre
Composers Haydn, Franz Joseph
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