The playing is outstanding for its crystalline tone, springy rhythms, lively tempos and integral handling of ornamentation. Hyperion's recording of the modern Steinway is cleanly focused … Hamelin is often at his most brilliant where Haydn is at his most eccentric … A sparkling collection.
– BBC Music Magazine
Hyperion’s Record of the Month is the third double-volume release in Marc-André Hamelin’s much-praised series of Haydn’s keyboard sonatas. Haydn wrote around sixty keyboard sonatas and this selection of eleven focuses on those from the 1770s, including the great C minor sonata from the composer’s ‘Sturm und Drang’ period, with its dynamic contrasts and virtuoso demands. These are bookended by threeRead more from Haydn’s earliest output from the 1750s, most likely penned for his young female pupils to play, and the D major sonata written during the second of the mature composer’s triumphant London visits in 1794.
In all these fascinating, idiosyncratic works, Marc-André Hamelin wears his renowned virtuosity lightly, while playing with understated wit and the elegant, immaculate musicianship that has come to define one of the greatest pianists of our time. Read less
Keyboard Sonata no 49 in C sharp minor: II. Scherzando: Allegro con brio
Average Customer Review: ( 3 Customer Reviews )
There is no better recording.May 15, 2014By T. Hanson (Lake Linden, MI)See All My Reviews"Hamelin proved he was a master Haydn performer with the previous two volumes of sonatas, and here he reinforces that impression. You will not find a better combination of expressive playing and brilliant sound. If you already own the other volumes, all you need is reassurance that Hamelin's playing has not deteriorated, but if you are new to his Haydn renditions, I suggest that you begin with volume 2. My guess is that anyone who tastes any of these discs will want them all."Report Abuse
Haydn Piano SonatasAugust 9, 2012By Gloria G K. (Hartsdale, NY)See All My Reviews"These discs were a great surprise as accustomed as we are to quartets and symphonies. They had a simple beauty which would accompany me as I went through the house. I play them frequently."Report Abuse
Too mcuh HaydnAugust 3, 2012By Harold L. Geisse (Binghamton, NY)See All My Reviews"These are excellent performances, well recorded, but there is a limit for me to the number of Haydn sonatas I can listen to in a row. The answer is to pick and choose, fo course, which sort of thwarts the concept of a CD. But these discs can be highly recommended to those with an unlimited interest in Haydn.