Einav Yarden

Six Piano Sonatas

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Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917274226
Catnr: CC 72742
Release date: 06 May 2016
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Challenge Classics
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0608917274226
Catalogue number
CC 72742
Release date
06 May 2016

"She let them hear very nice piano playing: melodious with mulled pedal usage and dynamically nuanced"

De Pianist, 01-2-2017
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The six keyboard sonatas selected for this CD are taken from Haydn’s middle period, all written between 1773-1776 when he was loyally at the service of Prince Nikolaus Esterházy (and to whom three of the sonatas are dedicated). Even in the context of the vast development and change in his style in 60 years of composition – moving from the early Classical period and Style Galant, through the Empfindsamkeit and C.P.E Bach’s influence, to establishing and refining what is now the essence of “The Classical Style”- Haydn displays in a short period of 3 years an astonishing diversity of compositional techniques, modes of expression, style and characters. Most of the six selected sonatas are also quite rarely heard on the concert stage, have not been recorded often, and surprisingly, few pianists have been exposed to them. This CD sheds light on some of those wonderful ‘neglected’ sonatas, as well as aims at contributing to the growing revival of interest in Haydn’s genius as a keyboard composer.
Re­creating a 1770’s Sonata requires not just an automatic follower of direction signs, but a truly accomplished player. That is to say an imaginative, cultured, sensitive, and genuine musician who is an active participant in revealing the music’s structure, deep meaning and manifold beauty.

Dit tweede album van Einav Yarden bevat zes piano sonates uit de middenperiode van Haydn. De opname brengt een paar geweldige sonates aan het licht en levert daarmee een bijdrage aan de hernieuwde interesse voor Haydns genie als pianocomponist. "Yarden zet een uitgekiende intelligente Haydn neer, vol vernuft en uitbundigheid, met een delicate, afwisselende aanslag... vurig, avontuurlijk, soms als intieme kamermuziek, soms groots en orkestraal." Fono Forum, Duitsland.

Zeldzame pianosonates van Haydn

Yarden geeft prachtige uitvoeringen van piano sonates van Haydn, die anders niet gehoord zouden worden en voorkomt zo dat ze in de vergetelheid raken.Tijdens zijn middenperiode werkte Haydn gedurende drie jaar, van 1773 tot 1776, voor prins Nikolaus Esterházy aan wie hij drie sonates opdroeg. In deze korte periode laat Haydn een indrukwekkende verscheidenheid aan componeertechnieken zien, expressies, stijlen en karakters. Het merendeel van zijn zes sonates is maar zelden opgenomen of op het podium uitgevoerd. Er zijn ook maar weinig pianisten die zich met deze stukken hebben beziggehouden.

Geprezen om haar uitzonderlijk levendige spel

Einav Yarden werd in 1978 in Israel geboren. Ze studeerde onder anderen bij de Amerikaanse pianist en dirigent Leon Fleisher. Als soliste trad ze op met gerenommeerde orkesten en dirigenten. Einav is een enthousiast kamermuzikant en wordt regelmatig voor verschillende muziekprojecten uitgenodigd. Einav Yarden wordt geprezen om haar “uitzonderlijk levendige articulatie…onderzoekende, verhalende, vloeiende spel” (General Anzeiger, Duitsland) en haar “fonkelende vervoering…ingenieuze humor” (Tagesspiegel, Duitsland).

Die sechs ausgewählten Klaviersonaten auf dieser CD stammen aus Haydns mittlerer Periode, alle zwischen 1773-1776 komponiert, als er treu in den Dienst des Fürsten Nikolaus Esterházy stand (und dem drei der Sonaten gewidmet sind).

Auch im Kontext der großen Entwicklung und Veränderung in Haydns Stil in 60 Kompositionsjahren - von der Frühklassik zur Empfindsamkeit, von C.P.E Bachs Einfluss bis zum "Klassischem Stil"- zeigt Haydn in einem kurzen Zeitraum von drei Jahren eine erstaunliche Vielfalt der kompositorischen Techniken, Ausdrucksweisen, Stile und Charaktere.

Die meisten der sechs ausgewählten Sonaten sind sehr selten auf der Konzertbühne zu hören und werden von nur sehr wenigen Pianisten überhaupt gespielt. Daher wirft diese CD ein Licht auf einige dieser wundervollen "vernachlässigten" Sonaten und zielt darauf ab, einen Beitrag zu leisten, Joseph Haydn als Klavier-Komponisten wieder zu entdecken und die Tiefe und vielfältige Schönheit neu zu erleben.

Artist(s)

Pianist Einav Yarden is praised for her “…imagination and exceptionally vivid playing…Sense of immense majesty, tempered by gentleness and quiet grace” (The Washington Post, USA), and “glistening rapture…ingenious humor” (Tagesspiegel, Germany). In 2005 she completed four years of study with the renowned pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins University), earning a Master of Music with high honors and a Graduate Performance Diploma. Prior to that she received a Bachelor of Music from the Rubin Music Academy of the Tel Aviv University under the instruction of Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky, and her early education was with Hadassa Gonen at the Israel Conservatory Tel Aviv. Other piano guidance includes that of Elisso Virsaladze, Richard Goode and Prof. Zvi Meniker (on fortepianos). In 2013 she released her debut solo CD, ‘Oscillations’, on the label Challenge Classics. The CD received international praise and was selected as CD of the Month on the German piano magazine 'Piano News'.

Einav Yarden has appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Rundfunk Chor, Minnesota Symphony, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bucharest Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, the Israel Symphony Rishon Le-Zion, under conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Aldo Ceccato, Leon Botstein, Stefan Blunier, Horia Andreescu, Mark Russell Smith, Simon Halsey, Mendi Rodan and others.

She was the 3rd Prize Winner at the 2009 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Bonn, a Prize Winner at the 2006 Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition and was a Finalist at the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition. She also won in 2001 the First Prize at the Aviv Competitions, the most distinguished national competition in Israel, taking the Guralnik Piano Prize as well as the Prize for best performance of a contemporary Israeli work. She was a recipient of the AICF scholarships, an important scholarship institution in Israel, between 1996 and 2005.

Noteworthy stages she performed on include the Berlin Philharmonie and the Berlin Philharmonie Chamber Music Hall, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, the Schumannsaal in Düsseldorf, and in Paris’s Salle Cortot, the Musée d’Orsay Auditorium, the Grand Salon of the Hotel des Invalides and others. Important festival participations include the Ruhr Piano Festival (Germany), Ravinia Festival (USA), La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, Menton Festival, and Flâneries Musicales de Reims Festival (France), Upper-Galilee Chamber Music Festival (Israel) and others. As part of the Lucern Festival in 2008, she was invited by Andras Schiff to take part in a workshop on the five Beethoven concerti, which was also recorded and televised throughout Japan.

Her performances have been broadcast on many radio stations in the world, including BBC, WDR, Deutschlandradio, France Musique, WQXR, WFMT, MPR, WBJC, WPR CBC and numerous times on Israel’s Kol Hamusica. A passionate chamber musician, she devotes herself regularly to collaborations with other musicians. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

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She let them hear very nice piano playing: melodious with mulled pedal usage and dynamically nuanced
De Pianist, 01-2-2017

She let them hear very nice piano playing: melodious with mulled pedal usage and dynamically nuanced
Luister, 01-2-2017

''“This impeccable album is one of the most beautiful Haydn records I have ever seen. Run There”
Artamag, 20-12-2016

5*****stars  "A dazzling tour of lesser known, middle-period Haydn Sonatas.”  "I predict more great things from this young Israeli artist.” 
Audiophile Audition, 15-12-2016

This is a very fine addition to the Haydn repertoire. If the sound is merely unremarkably good for a SACD, the playing is stupendous. I predict more great things from this young Israeli artist. Presumably another run at Haydn is in the offing, or following the logic of this recording, an investigation of lesser known D. Scarlatti.
Audiophile Audition, 15-12-2016

Yarden clearly has much to say in this repertoire and she’s beautifully recorded too.
Gramophone, 24-10-2016

Review Amadeus Magazine
Amadeus, 16-9-2016

 "Einav Yarden displays an inventively intelligent Haydn, full of wit and abundance, with a delicate, varying touch... her playing is finely-spirited and artful [...].Yarden plays a wonderfully exuberant, vibrant Haydn, glowing, transparent, adventurous, at times intimately chamber-music-like, at times grand and orchestral. A voice for Haydn!" "Best vote *****"
Fono Forum, 01-9-2016

Radio 4 Plaatpaal (extra airplay and attention on Radio 4 and website)
NTR Radio 4 Plaatpaal, 15-8-2016

Un disque à ne pas manquer aussi bien pour les œuvres que pour leur interprète et pour la chaleureuse prise de son de Challenge Classics
Péché de classique, 01-8-2016

"this is great piano playing and Yarden proves once more to which artistic greet she's capable"  
Piano News , 01-8-2016

Longlist 3/2016
Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, 01-7-2016

“Fantastic music, I love the Sturm and Drang style, the contrasting emotions, the whimsical. I myself like to hear this on a fortepiano because of the differences in nuance and colors it can give and I think the modern instrument lacks that, but this says nothing about how well this pianist is playing here, which is very good!” 
Diskotabel Radio 4, 01-6-2016

“Haydn would have loved the modern piano I think!! This is wonderful, it is no-nonsense, straightforward.This is such good music, I listen to this kind of music a lot.”
Diskotabel Radio 4, 01-6-2016

 "With the right people there is no better music than Haydn’s, it is full of imagination, wonder, contrasts and boldness, but you have to dare to play it that way. When it gets only slightly academical it looses its strength and gets dull. This performance is enlightening and exciting. A joy to listen to. Sometimes maybe a bit too loud, but that is a minor detail.”
Diskotabel Radio 4, 01-6-2016

" [...] This is a fine recital, which can safely be taken as a prime recommendation for enlarging your collection. "
HRAudio, 01-6-2016

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