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Haydn: Piano Sonatas / Chad Bowles

Haydn / Bowles
Release Date: 01/12/2010 
Label:  Jri Recordings (Formerly Jupiter)   Catalog #: 126   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Chad R. Bowles
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

HAYDN Piano Sonatas: in E?, Hob. XVI:49; in B?, Hob. XVI:41; in b, Hob. XVI:32; in E, Hob. XVI:31; in C, Hob. XVI:50 • Chad R. Bowles (pn) • JRI J126 (72: 18)

"Chad R. Bowles also plays a Steinway D, and the differences are astounding; this instrument—in the hands of this pianist and recording engineer Zane Baker—is warm and vibrant, producing a rainbow of colors. Now a Steinway does seem suitable for all but the earliest Haydn sonatas. Bowles plays with uninhibited imagination and sweep; one feels he loves this music, even before reading his program notes. Perhaps he loves it a bit too much—he occasionally gets carried away by ebullience (some tempos are too fast for either the music or the pianist), and there are
Read more moments of Romantic fervor in his readings. But wit, zest, and the unexpected are on display throughout. As I have said before: One either likes a performance or one doesn’t; only then is it time to analyze why. My head may recognize the liberties Bowles takes, but my heart loves the results. I’m usually serious and attentive when listening, but Bowles had me laughing and dancing during the Presto finale of the E-Major Sonata. I recommend this disc as the starting point for anyone not familiar with Haydn’s sonatas, despite its lacking Haydn’s three greatest keyboard works—the C-Minor Sonata, Hob. XVI:20; the E?, Hob. XVI:52; and the Andante and Variations in F Minor. Once captured by this music, one can go on to the other works and to the fortepiano. If you are already familiar, if you delight in this music as I do, all the more reason to catch up with Bowles."

FANFARE: James H. North

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Seek No Further! Bowles’ steady, buoyant rhythm is enlivened by his response to the nuances of Haydn’s articulation. He has fast fingers, makes sense of the ornaments, and "gets" Haydn’s jokes ... This is a well chosen selection of Haydn’s sonatas. Bowles’ enthusiastic playing and clear recorded sound make it a success. Recommended.

-- CLASSICAL VOICE OF NEW ENGLAND
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Keyboard no 59 in E flat major, H 16 no 49 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Chad R. Bowles (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Venue:  The University of West Florida Music Hal 
Length: 18 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Keyboard no 55 in B flat major, H 16 no 41 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Chad R. Bowles (Piano)
Written: before 1784 
Venue:  The University of West Florida Music Hal 
Length: 10 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Keyboard no 47 in B minor, H 16 no 32 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Chad R. Bowles (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1776; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Venue:  The University of West Florida Music Hal 
Length: 14 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Keyboard no 46 in E major, H 16 no 31 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Chad R. Bowles (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1776; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Venue:  The University of West Florida Music Hal 
Length: 12 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Keyboard no 60 in C major, H 16 no 50 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Chad R. Bowles (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: c1794-95 
Venue:  The University of West Florida Music Hal 
Length: 15 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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