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Haydn: Piano Sonatas / Bezuidenhout

Bezuidenhout,Kristian
Release Date: 02/01/2019 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902273  
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Kristian Bezuidenhout
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



A few years after a complete recording of Mozart’s solo piano works that has gradually come to be regarded as a benchmark, Kristian Bezuidenhout has taken all the time he needed to tackle Haydn, the other towering figure of the Viennese Classical keyboard repertory: “Preparing for this recording has been a vivid reminder that it is remarkably difficult to play Haydn’s music well, but that with enough care, and attention to detail, his music has the potential to come jumping from the page. It would be hubris to suggest that I am even close to unlocking any of its secrets, but I am so humbled by the sheer beauty, humanity, wit and delightful irony of this music, that the
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REVIEW:

The listener is drawn in by the myriad subtleties of Bezuidenhout’s playing and by the glorious sounds he draws from his instrument. Soon you’re hanging on every note of this sequence that seems to travel from darkness to darkness. Most important, though, is Bezuidenhout’s playing itself. Technique is obviously not an issue. Decoration, too, is sparing rather than trowelled on. This is the very opposite of ‘look-at me’ pianism.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Variations (4) for Piano on "Gott erhalte den Kaiser", H i430 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1799; Austria 
2.
Sonata for Keyboard no 58 in C major, H 16 no 48 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789 
3.
Sonata for Keyboard no 33 in C minor, H 16 no 20 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
4.
Sonata for Keyboard no 13 in G major, H 16 no 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767 
5.
Sonata for Keyboard in F minor, H 17 no 6: Variations by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 

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