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Franz Joseph Haydn

Lars Haugbro

Haydn - Piano Sonatas and Variations

  • Type CD
  • Label Lawo Classics
  • UPC 7090020181066
  • Catalog number LWC 1094
  • Release date 05 February 2016
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About the album

The selection of works on this CD is highly personal: Sonatas nos.20, 29, 50.
Fortepiano Mc Nulty - copy of Anton Walter (ca.1780)
The Sonata in C Major was part of my recital debut, and it was also the first work by a composer of the Classical period in which I sensed an almost verbal expression behind the many scales and arpeggios. It was in this sonata I discovered that Haydn spoke more than he sang, something I was to find confirmed many years later, while working on my Ph.D in performance practice.
Andante and Variations in F Minor was part of the first important solo recital I held when I returned to performing — this time in a wheelchair — following a serious accident. It was a work that indelibly etched itself in my mind from the first time I heard it as a student. It is one of those works that is known simply from the designation “Variations in F Minor”. One hardly need mention the name of the composer. It is certainly one of musical history’s most important works for piano, and it crowns Haydn’s oeuvre for solo piano.
All four works on this CD can, in principle, be played on harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord or modern piano. The sonatas were written over a period of 20 years at the end of the eighteenth century. At that time, the new, exciting instrument was the fortepiano. This did not mean that people would simply discard the costly harpsichords and clavichords they already had. Well aware of this, Haydn often wrote in the score that it could be played on different keyboard instruments. I think it is safe to say, though, that from around 1780 Haydn was aiming for a fortepiano idiom.
- Lars Haugbro

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    Sonata in F major, Hob.XVI:29 I. Moderato
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    Sonata in F major, Hob.XVI:29 II. Adagio
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    Sonata in F major, Hob.XVI:29 III. Tempo di Menuetto
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    Andante and Variations in F minor: Sonata, un piccolo Divertimento, Hob.XVII:6
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    Sonata in C minor, Hob.XVI:20 I. Allegro moderato
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    Sonata in C minor, Hob.XVI:20 II. Andante con moto
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    Sonata in C minor, Hob.XVI:20 III. Allegro
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    Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI I. Allegro
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    Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI II. Adagio
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    Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI III. Allegro molto

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