Notes and Editorial Reviews
Franz Josef Haydn's trios for keyboard and strings, though masterpieces, have not enjoyed the same popularity as the composer's string quartets and symphonies. The works on this recording were written during Haydn's second visit to London, one of the composer's richest periods. This recording features Jerome Hantai playing an 1806 Broadwood fortepiano, an instrument similar to the one that Haydn would have played.
Haydn's Trios are concise, neatly crafted works that are delightfully varied in spirit. There's much to enjoy here: the opening Allegro of the Trio in F sharp minor is dramatic in tone, while the second movement Adagio cantabile will be familiar to listeners as the slow movement of the Symphony No. 102. Haydn uses a number of
interesting devices in the trios; a set of variations sets the stage for the first movement of the Trio in D minor, before giving way to the highly ornate second movement Adagio. The trio of period instruments lends a sweet and sour flavor to these works with Hantai's peppery keyboard work nicely balanced by the mellow string sound. Read less
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