Articles tagged 'Haydn'
Exercising a Stein fortepiano from 1799, Mitchell improvises brief thematic and harmonic transitions. These are mature Haydn sonatas, in which seemingly modest ideas are expertly probed.
A modest perplexing explosion as a small, nervous troupe gives life to various French texts while playing.
Some have downgraded the string quartet version as a mere reduction of the string parts in Haydn’s orchestral score of the previous year, but many of us want to hear it precisely this way.
The Creation is a big, exuberant work that, properly engineered, fills the listening room with voluminous riches – as many discs fail to do.
My too-early listening – at a low volume setting so as not to disturb Best Beloved – includes late-Feldman anything and, these days especially, Haydn’s string quartets most handsomely performed on the Tacet label by Auryn Quartet.
I’ve been dipping into this fluent sampler between more difficult stuff, enjoying Halffter’s compact brightness and Santinelli’s flair and execution.
Coming off a Haydn year (2009), we’re awash in the man’s music. The piano sonatas are numbered according to Christa Landon’s ordering of the extant 62.
Haydn’s symphonies, oratorios, and his operas leave one stunned at his inventiveness, but it’s the smaller ensemble works and piano sonatas that capture my heart.