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Haydn: The Last 4 Piano Trios / Levin, Beths, Bylsma


Release Date: 06/01/1993 
Label:  Sony Classical Vivarte Series Catalog #: 53120   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Anner BylsmaVera BethsRobert Levin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Without doubt, Haydn’s piano trios contain some of the most visionary keyboard writing of the late 18th century. Nearly 30 trios were composed between 1785 and 1797 alone; and yet this treasure-house of music dating from Haydn’s richest years remains all but unknown. The neglect is due largely to historical accident: to a certain extent, Haydn continued to cultivate the outmoded form of the accompanied keyboard sonata, with the two stringed instruments fulfilling subordinate roles. Nevertheless, their very presence seems to have inspired him to new heights. There is little in his output for solo piano that can compare in freedom and inventiveness with these astonishing works.

This disc contains the last four trios, written two
Read more years before his oratorio The Creation. All but one of them were dedicated to Theresa Jansen – a Clementi pupil who must have been an outstanding pianist. The pianist here, Robert Levin, apparently improvised his discreet embellishments during the recording sessions, and there is a welcome feeling of spontaneity about the playing generally, with the repeats sounding creatively different.

At times I could have wished for a more relaxed approach, as well as less literal reliance on the textual sources where such matters as phrasing and articulation are concerned (the inconsistency with regard to appoggiaturas in the slow movement of No. 44 is a case in point). A stimulating issue all the same, it deserves to have successors.

-- Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, H 15 no 27 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Anner Bylsma (Cello), Vera Beths (Violin), Robert Levin (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1992 
Venue:  Lutherse Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 20 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in E major, H 15 no 28 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Vera Beths (Violin), Anner Bylsma (Cello), Robert Levin (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1992 
Venue:  Lutherse Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 16 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in E flat major, H 15 no 29 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Levin (Fortepiano), Vera Beths (Violin), Anner Bylsma (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1797; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1992 
Venue:  Lutherse Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 16 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in E flat major, H 15 no 30 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Vera Beths (Violin), Anner Bylsma (Cello), Robert Levin (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1992 
Venue:  Lutherse Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 21 Minutes 8 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Finale. Presto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Finale. Allegro
I. Poco Allegretto
II. Andantino ed innocentemente
III. Finale. Allemande. Presto assai
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Presto

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