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Six Piano Sonatas

Einav Yarden

Six Piano Sonatas

Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917274226
Catnr: CC 72742
Release date: 06 May 2016
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Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
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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About the album

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)

Einav Yarden (piano)

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” (Der Tagesspiegel, Germany). She appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestera, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Jerusalem Symphony, Bucharest Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic and others, under conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Aldo Ceccato, Steven Sloane, Leon Botstein, Frédéric Chaslin, Simon Halsey and Mendi Rodan.  Her engagements over the past seasons include solo performances at the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Nikolaisaal in Potsdam, Musis Arnhem in the Netherlands, and a solo performance at the...
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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” (Der Tagesspiegel, Germany). She appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestera, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Jerusalem Symphony, Bucharest Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic and others, under conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Aldo Ceccato, Steven Sloane, Leon Botstein, Frédéric Chaslin, Simon Halsey and Mendi Rodan.

Her engagements over the past seasons include solo performances at the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Nikolaisaal in Potsdam, Musis Arnhem in the Netherlands, and a solo performance at the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, subbing in for the international star Daniil Trifonov with just a few hours’ notice, and leaving the audience “deeply overjoyed and impressed” (Piano News, Germany). Other celebrated stages on which she has performed include the Berlin Philharmonie and the Philharmonie Chamber Music Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center in New York, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Concertgebouw de Vereeniging in Nijgmegen, Schumannsaal in Düsseldorf, Musée d’Orsay Auditorium in Paris, and others.

Einav Yarden released three solo CDs on the label Challenge Classics, all of which received highly enthusiastic international acclaim on leading international magazines as Gramophone, Fono Forum, Diapason, Piano News Magazine, Fanfare Magazine, Luister Magazine, International Piano Magazine, Amadeus Magazine and many others. Her Haydn Sonatas CD was awarded the prestigious German Records Critics’ Prize (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik - Bestenliste). Her fourth CD with this label is scheduled to be released in spring 2023.

She is a passionate chamber musician and enthusiastically incorporates unique repertoire into her programs. Major festival appearances include the Ruhr Piano Festival (Germany), La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival (France), Ravinia Festival (USA), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Menton Festival, and Flâneries Musicales de Reims Festival (France), Piano Biennale Festival (Netherlands), Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Upper-Galilee Chamber Music Festival (Israel), and others.
Einav Yarden taught chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg from 2016-18 and served as part-time substitute professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, and at the Music Conservatory of the Lucerne University and at the in subsequent years. Among her competition awards are top prizes at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Bonn, the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition and top prizes at the Aviv Competitions in Israel, where she was awarded the piano Guralnik Prize and the prize for best performance of contemporary Israeli work.

She was a longtime student of the legendary pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore (Johns Hopkins University), and prior to that studied with Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky at Tel Aviv University, earning high honors for her Bachelors and Masters degrees at both universities. In her youth she studied with Hadassa Gonen at the Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. Other strong influences were received from Richard Goode, Elisso Virsaldaze and Prof. Zvi Meniker (on historical pianos). She was a recipient of the AICF scholarships between 1996-2005. She currently resides in Berlin, Germany.


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Composer(s)

Joseph Haydn

(Franz) Joseph Haydn was a prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets 'Father of the Symphony' and 'Father of the String Quartet'.   Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, 'forced to become original'. Yet his music circulated widely and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.   He was a friend and mentor of Mozart,...
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(Franz) Joseph Haydn was a prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet".
Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, "forced to become original". Yet his music circulated widely and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.
He was a friend and mentor of Mozart, a teacher of Beethoven, with whom he formed the First Viennese School. He was also the older brother of composer Michael Haydn.

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Press

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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01.
Sonata no. 44 in F major, Hob. XVI/29: Moderato
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(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 44 in F major, Hob. XVI/29: Adagio
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(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 44 in F major, Hob. XVI/29: Tempo di Menuet
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(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 39 in D major, Hob. XVI/24: Allegro
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(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 39 in D major, Hob. XVI/24: Adagio
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(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 39 in D major, Hob. XVI/24: Finale. Presto
02:15
(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 40 in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/25: Moderato
05:54
(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 40 in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/25: Tempo di Menuet
02:31
(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 41 in A major, Hob. XVI/26: Allegro moderato
06:49
(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 41 in A major, Hob. XVI/26: Menuet al rovescio – Trio (al rovescio)
01:35
(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 41 in A major, Hob. XVI/26: Finale. Presto
00:51
(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 46 in E major, Hob. XVI/31: Moderato
04:22
(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 46 in E major, Hob. XVI/31: Allegretto
02:28
(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 46 in E major, Hob. XVI/31: Finale. Presto
02:41
(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI/32: Allegro moderato
05:18
(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI/32: Menuet: Tempo di Menuet
03:05
(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI/32: Finale: Presto
03:13
(Joseph Haydn) Einav Yarden
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