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Haydn: Piano Sonatas Vol 5 / Jean-Efflam Bavouzet


Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10763   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnSpoken Word
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Having spent the past couple of days lining up reviews of, and listening (again) to, Wagner’s Ring operas, I can’t even begin to describe just how refreshing it has been to turn to this disc of Haydn sonatas, the fifth release in Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s superb ongoing cycle. Imagine my surprise, then, to see in the booklet that Bavouzet has dedicated this disc to Lady Solti. I guest sometimes there’s no escaping Wagner, or those who conducted him, or those married to those who conducted him!

These sonatas aren’t at all well known, but as so often with Haydn their high quality is evident in every note. Bavouzet singles out the first movement of Sonata No. 12 for its purity and
Read more simplicity, and it is exquisite–and exquisitely played. He became so fascinated with the minor-key trio of the minuet that he included his own musings on it, at much slower tempo, as a bonus track. This isn’t a gimmick. It is fascinating to see an artist become so deeply engaged with the music, particularly music usually so taken for granted or ignored.

The first three sonatas here, Nos. 12, 15, and 37 have three movements, but not necessarily in the obvious fast-slow-fast form, as the opening Andante of No. 12 reveals. The remaining three, Nos. 54-56 (Hob. 41-43) have two movements each, and were dedicated to Princess Marie Esterházy. Although intended for the amateur market, their simplicity is deceptive. The largest movement here is the opening Andante con espressione of the D major Sonata (No. 56), which lasts more than eight minutes and contains a world of feeling.

In short, these are lovely works, and Bavouzet’s thoughtfulness, dedication to the cause, and immaculate technique are everywhere in evidence, just as they have been on previous releases in this series. Try this disc. It will make you feel young, or keep you that way if you already are.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Keyboard no 15 in E major, H 16 no 13 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Written: before 1767 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 10 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Keyboard no 12 in A major, H 16 no 12 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1767; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 10 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Keyboard no 37 in E major, H 16 no 22 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 17 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Keyboard no 54 in G major, H 16 no 40 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Written: before 1784 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 10 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Keyboard no 55 in B flat major, H 16 no 41 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Written: before 1784 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Keyboard no 56 in D major, H 16 no 42 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Written: before 1784 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 12 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
Epilogue by Spoken Word
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Keyboard Sonata (Partita) No. 15 in E major, Hob.XVI:13: I. Moderato
Keyboard Sonata (Partita) No. 15 in E major, Hob.XVI:13: II. Menuet - Trio
Keyboard Sonata (Partita) No. 15 in E major, Hob.XVI:13: III. Finale: Presto
Keyboard Sonata No. 12 in A major, Hob.XVI:12: I. Andante
Keyboard Sonata No. 12 in A major, Hob.XVI:12: II. Menuet - Trio
Keyboard Sonata No. 12 in A major, Hob.XVI:12: III. Finale: Allegro molto
Keyboard Sonata No. 37 in E major, Hob.XVI:22: I. Allegro moderato
Keyboard Sonata No. 37 in E major, Hob.XVI:22: II. Andante
Keyboard Sonata No. 37 in E major, Hob.XVI:22: III. Finale: Tempo di menuetto
Keyboard Sonata No. 54 in G major, Hob.XVI:40: I. Allegretto innocente
Keyboard Sonata No. 54 in G major, Hob.XVI:40: II. Presto
Keyboard Sonata No. 55 in B flat major, Hob.XVI:41: I. Allegro
Keyboard Sonata No. 55 in B flat major, Hob.XVI:41: II. Allegro di molto
Keyboard Sonata No. 56 in D major, Hob.XVI:42: I. Andante con espressione
Keyboard Sonata No. 56 in D major, Hob.XVI:42: II. Vivace assai (addtional cadenza by Bavouzet)
Keyboard Sonata No. 12 in A major, Hob.XVI:12: II. Trio (Bavouzet's version)

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