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Piano Recital 1959 - Bach, Haydn, Beethoven / Friedrich Gulda

Gulda,Friedrich / Bach / Haydn / Beethoven
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93704   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenFranz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This German radio recital, recorded in the SWR studios on June 3, 1959, captures the young Friedrich Gulda on fine form. The Bach Capriccio stands out for the pianist's sensitive harmonic pointing of the Adagiosissimo's sublime chromaticism, while the Haydn F minor Variations grow more nuanced and songful over the course of Gulda's performance. There are wittier, brasher, more humorously gauged Haydn E-flats, to be sure, but Gulda's stylish surety and rapid dynamic shifts consistently reveal a master's hands, and his special handling of the finale's bass lines shouldn't go unnoticed.

Following a lyrical, ruminative rendition of the Beethoven Op. 14 No. 2 first movement, Gulda offers a superbly accentuated and animated
Read more Andante. The concluding Scherzo's ascending phrases evoke Schnabel at his best in their seeming offhandedness and impetuous gait, seasoned with stinging yet never exaggerated dynamic contrasts. Op. 110 was something of a signature work for Gulda, and the excellent mono engineering conveys the pianist's warm, communicative, and well integrated interpretation to more attractive sonic effect than in his two Decca studio versions. Gulda fans need no further recommendation.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Capriccio in B flat major on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother, BWV 992 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1704; Arnstadt, Germany 
2. Sonata for Piano no 10 in G major, Op. 14 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
3. Sonata for Keyboard no 62 in E flat major, H 16 no 52 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
4. Sonata for Keyboard in F minor, H 17 no 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissmo in B flat major, BWV 992: I. Arioso: Adagio
Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissmo in B flat major, BWV 992: II. -
Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissmo in B flat major, BWV 992: III. Adagiosissimo
Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissmo in B flat major, BWV 992: V. Aria di Postiglione: Allegro poco
Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissmo in B flat major, BWV 992: VI. Fugue all'imitatione di Posta
Keyboard Sonata in F minor, Hob.XVII:6, "Un piccolo divertimento: Variations": Keyboard Sonata in F minor, Hob. XVII:6, "Un piccolo divertimento: Variations"
Keyboard Sonata No. 62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52: I. Allegro
Keyboard Sonata No. 62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52: II. Adagio
Keyboard Sonata No. 62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52: III. Finale: Presto
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2: II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14, No. 2: III. Scherzo: Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110: II. Allegro molto
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110: III. Adagio, ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110: IV. Fuga: Allegro, ma non troppo

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