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Franz Joseph Haydn

Piano Sonatas

  • Piano Sonata #30 in B minor, Hob.XVI:32
  • Piano Sonata #33 in D Major, Hob.XVI:37
  • Piano Sonata #24 in A Major, Hob.XVI:26
  • Piano Sonata #32 in C Sharp minor, Hob.XVI:36
  • Piano Sonata #44 in E Flat Major, Hob.XVI:49
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
EMI Classics CDC 56756 DDD 58:24
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There is really very few words to say about this disc. It is, quite simply, one of the finest things I have heard this next to the last year of this millennium. That makes for about 5 already this year and it is only April.

To be honest, I do not have any recall of the Haydn Sonatas. Some years ago my father had some LPs and I listened to them, but they didn't make any particular impression. What a difference this is! It occurred to me that Andsnes is to Haydn what Gould was to Bach. This may not be HIP, but it is memorable. Neat stuff. Now I have to check and listen to any other discs this pianist has made. Stand by for more and enjoy an hour of fascinating music making.

Copyright © 1999, Robert Stumpf II