Categories :

Similar artists

Albums

HI-RES£11.99
CD£7.99

Solo Piano - Released March 30, 2010 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année - Hi-Res Audio
Perhaps one of classical music's least noted but most important stories of the new millennium has been the profusion of recordings of Haydn's keyboard sonatas, each as different from the others as are the major schools of playing Beethoven, if not more so. Part of the reason for the variety is that, as French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet points out here, Haydn's manuscripts contained very little in the way of interpretive markings, leaving the field open for future performers and editors. Bavouzet, operating in the sonically superb environment of Suffolk, England's Potton Hall and playing a modern Yamaha, nevertheless adopts the fruits of historical research in his approach. He takes the repeats and heavily ornaments them, without, however, drawing attention to himself in the process. More generally, his tone is clean, very quiet, and rather harpsichord-like. In the slow movements of these four middle-period sonatas he's low-key indeed, but his playing holds up under attentive listening; his playing successfully draws the listener into an intimate space. Bavouzet's readings generally have the sort of Haydn X factor that leaves the listener completely unsure of what's coming next. Strongly recommended and whets the appetite for other albums in the occasional series that Bavouzet promises is coming.
HI-RES£14.99
CD£10.49

Quartets - Released March 10, 2014 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet + Video Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice - Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£17.99
CD£11.99

Secular Vocal Music - Released April 8, 2014 | Phi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Choc de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£11.99
CD£7.99

Classical - Released April 2, 2013 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Pianiste Maestro - Choc de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£11.99
CD£7.99

Classical - Released September 4, 2012 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£13.49
CD£8.99

Classical - Released April 8, 2014 | Zig-Zag Territoires

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - Hi-Res Audio
Although it is played on a period instrument, no one is arguing that this recording of Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ is historically authentic. The work, exceptionally in Haydn's output, exists in multiple versions, for orchestra, string quartet, chorus, and keyboard (either fortepiano or harpsichord). But surely Haydn did not have the instrument heard here, the rare tangent piano, in his head. This was, speaking roughly, a piano-harpsichord hybrid that never really found its footing in the late 18th century. As long as listeners are down with the idea of a fairly speculative recording, the effect of the tangent piano in this particular work is electrifying. Lubimov gets the best of both worlds: the intimacy of the keyboard version and the dynamic contrasts and timbral shadings of the orchestral original. The keyboard transcription is not by Haydn himself but was made in his own time, and he approved it. Lubimov works from this, tweaking it and adding contrasts that break up the seven consecutive slow movements and give them an extraordinarily expressive quality. Even when listeners know it's coming, the final Terremoto movement, depicting the earthquake following Christ's crucifixion, comes as a shock. Listeners will never hear the work quite the same way again after experiencing this recording, and even if Haydn didn't intend it this way, most may well end up wishing he had.
HI-RES£11.99
CD£7.99

Classical - Released April 5, 2011 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£10.79
CD£7.19

Symphonic Music - Released July 15, 2013 | naïve classique

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£14.39
CD£9.59

Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 2003 | PentaTone

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Exceptional Sound Recording - Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£13.49
CD£9.49

Classical - Released January 13, 2014 | Mirare

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£14.39
CD£9.59

Classical - Released May 1, 2007 | PentaTone

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£11.99
CD£7.99

Symphonic Music - Released November 1, 2000 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£22.99
CD£11.99

Oratorios (secular) - Released July 31, 2007 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£16.49
CD£10.99

Classical - Released May 26, 2011 | Ricercar

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£11.99
CD£7.99

Sacred Vocal Music - Released May 1, 2002 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£14.99
CD£10.49

Lieder (German) - Released April 7, 2014 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
Late in life, Franz Joseph Haydn made about 125 arrangements of Scottish songs for the publisher George Thomson. Thomson's project was an ongoing one in the 1790s and early 1800s; after a volume with arrangements by Scots composers sold well, Thomson was apparently inspired to commission more of the same from "name" composers like Haydn and later Beethoven, Hummel, and Weber. The results were more than purely financially motivated. The aged Haydn proclaimed in one of his submissions to Thomson that he was proud of his work, and Beethoven seems to have gone on to set a variety of national popular songs (the term "folk songs" is anachronistic here, for the materials were contemporary) without any commission at all. Haydn's are pretty regular in structure, with a strophic setting for a trio of piano, violin, and cello, and an instrumental introduction that neatly sets the mood and the pitch world for the song. It's easy to see why Haydn became intrigued by the project: within the severe constraints of the form, he introduces quite a variety of expressive touches, and he was obviously well coached on the meaning of the texts (or absorbed a great deal of English in the course of his travels to London), even those in Scots dialect. There is little to tell the listener that German tenor Werner Güra is anything other than a native English speaker, and he even does well with the Scots pieces (everything is translated into German and French in the CD booklet, and the Scots texts are heavily footnoted for English speakers). The interpretations by Güra and his trio of instrumental collaborators (keyboardist Christoph Berner plays a fortepiano) are probably ideal for these little pieces. Güra keeps the music to its proper small scale, and he gives the instrumentalists room to move and avoids the mechanical quality of earlier readings. There's nothing revelatory here, but for those interested in the development of Scottish song, or in hearing some of the last notes Haydn set to paper, this is a strong pick.
HI-RES£11.99
CD£7.99

Sacred Vocal Music - Released May 1, 2001 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£17.59
CD£11.99

Symphonies - Released December 18, 2013 | Ars Produktion

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£10.79
CD£7.19

Sacred Oratorios - Released April 1, 2005 | Naxos

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Hi-Res Audio
HI-RES£11.99
CD£7.99

Classical - Released March 1, 2013 | Sarastro

Hi-Res Distinctions Hi-Res Audio