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Haydn: Keyboard Sonatas Import

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 9 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00000I3V2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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1. I: Allegro moderato
2. II: Menuet
3. III: Finale -Presto
4. I: Allegro con brio
5. II: Largo e sostenuto
6. III: Finale - Presto ma non troppo
7. I: Allegro moderato
8. II: Minuet al Rovescio
9. III: Finale - Presto
10. I: Moderato
11. II: Scherzando: Allegro con brio
12. III: Minuet: Moderato
13. I: Allegro
14. II: Adagio e cantabile
15. III: Finale: Tempo di Minuet

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Leif Ove Andsnes, obviously one of the superior artists on the current piano scene, deserves credit for paying attention to Haydn. Every one of these sonatas is a masterpiece, and every one is played with Andsnes's typical intelligence and scrupulous detail. You could virtually take dictation from these performances, except for some missing repeats. But it's hard to feel that Andsnes identifies as strongly with this music as he does with Brahms. As fine as this playing is, it has an aura of objectivity that keeps the results from being completely satisfying. Although this disc does not lessen my admiration for the pianist, you could spend the same money for three of Jandó's Naxos CDs of Haydn and have a lot more music, played as well, if not better. --Leslie Gerber

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Leif Ove Andsnes, one of the best pianists in the world for the time being, has also become one of the best Haydn interpretors. This album is excellent, especially Piano Sonata No. 32 in C sharp minor.
Just relax and enjoy the fantastic 1-hour journey with Leif Ove Andsnes as your guide. He plays with such an ease, and shows yet again that Andsnes and Haydn is a perfect match.
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Not quite my taste in music.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e4cc918) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e452378) out of 5 stars everything Andsnes touches is gold Aug. 25 2006
By CharlesA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
your eyes can be opened to an artist's true worth just by hearing one thing they do that bowls you over. Andsnes is one of those rare pianists who has a formidable technique (and a fabulous sense of rhythm) without overwhelming the piano and playing harshly or smashing the keys down. He has a mixture of wonderful technique and pin-point finger velocity. Just listen to the first three tracks on Amazon (which he plays at a spanking presto) he lifts that piece of Haydn out of all time.

Andsnes is not an eccentric pianist, he's wonderfully musical and rewarding. Everything else I have by Andsnes is great especially the Bartok violin and piano sonatas and the janacek piano album on Virgin.

As for Haydn, he's an underrated genius always unfairly overshadowed by Mozart (no slouch he) but Hadyn can hold his own with his warm, human and unbelievably inventive music in every genre.

Relax and enjoy, an album to cherish
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4523cc) out of 5 stars Wit and playfulness in Andsnes's Haydn March 16 2011
By P. Adrian - Published on Amazon.com
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As a declared fan of Alfred Brendel, I must admit that I can hardly accept any other pianist in the vicinity of his special artistry and musical efficiency when t comes to classical Viennese repertory. Rare are those who can scale with as much grace and inspiration (as Brendels') the whole gamut of moods - from witty elegance and melodious serenity to humorous accents and irony - that Joseph Haydn unfolded in his piano sonatas.

Notwithstanding the Norwegian virtuoso Leif Ove Andsnes comes close to my exigencies in Haydn by means of his recording under consideration here comprising no less than five sonatas. Each of them is shaped differently, with special care for both its meaningful and lyrical sides, for drawing its character in proper colors. Lei Ove exhibits an unexpected light of touch while the playful dimension shimmers throughout with joy and vivacity.

All in all it is a refined rendition testifying a profound approach to classical treasure in music. It is favored the essence of the music interpreted rather than its sparkling effect, the quiet thought rather than glamorous display. Much younger than Brendel, Andsnes confirms thus his robust gifts for an intelligent music-making and promises to become in a near future a competitor on equal footing with his legendary colleague for the supremacy in the Viennese repertory.
HASH(0x9e4526a8) out of 5 stars Great playing of very engaging and inventive music April 13 2016
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can enjoy listening to Haydn's sonatas but they don't stay long in my mind after -- maybe I just need to spend more time with them. What I won't forget here is the variety of touch and dynamic control that Andsnes brings to this music. From what I assume is a modern concert grand he can evoke not only the piano but something like the harpsichord or the fortepiano, wherever he thinks such effects contribute to the expression or are demanded by the character of the music. It would be easy for as facile a pianist as Andsnes is to just ripple this stuff off, and after a while it would get boring and monochrome. There's no chance of that happening here. If you want just one recording of some Haydn sonatas, this should be it. Fine and full-bodied as Brendel's recordings are, there's just a bit more variety and sparkle here. All in all, this is quite an achievement from a pianist who can bring Rachmaninov and Bartok to life too. As for the music -- even if I can't remember sonatas individually afterwards, the inventiveness of the music at every point is remarkable.
19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e452bc4) out of 5 stars Andsnes and Haydn: A perfect match Jan. 9 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Leif Ove Andsnes, one of the best pianists in the world for the time being, has also become one of the best Haydn interpretors. This album is excellent, especially Piano Sonata No. 32 in C sharp minor.
Just relax and enjoy the fantastic 1-hour journey with Leif Ove Andsnes as your guide. He plays with such an ease, and shows yet again that Andsnes and Haydn is a perfect match.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e45290c) out of 5 stars Didn't work for me... Aug. 29 2012
By DaddyD - Published on Amazon.com
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I had high hopes for this CD...maybe too high...don't get me wrong...I found Andsne's interpretations interesting, but there are now other primary recommendations...namely Bazouvet and Hamelin. If you 've decided that you want some of Haydn's sonatas and are indeed looking for a CD (or more) of them, I would explore those two...



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