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 Post subject: Haydn Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/43
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:05 am 
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Hello,

Been doing a lot of Haydn of late. I had learned all the sonatas a number of years ago, and now I'm going through and trying to polish the ones (about 12 or so) I want to be in in my more long-term repertory. This one's not played a lot, though not infrequently either, so hopefully it will be a welcome addition to the site.

Thanks in advance for listening.

Joe


Haydn - Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/43 - 1: Moderato (6:28)
Haydn - Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/43 - 2: Minuet - Trio (2:50)
Haydn - Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/43 - 3: Presto (5:11)

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 Post subject: Re: Haydn Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/43
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:34 am 
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Joe,
I thouroughly enjoyed this! You really did a great job. Your hard work was well demonstrated. Your execution was very clean and well-controlled. Your interpretation captured Haydn's spirit very well. Thank you for the post and I hope you keep them coming!

Regards.

BTW, this sonata is No. 35 in the Landon/Jonas Urtext Edition (Band 1 b) of the complete piano sonatas published by Schott/Universal Edition

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 Post subject: Re: Haydn Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/43
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:04 am 
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Very good playing Joe. You are a true classicist.

Objectively speaking, there isn't anything to pick on. Personally, in some places I wished for a bit more bite and rhythmic incisiveness. Your articulation, rhythm and ornamentation are generally fine but can on occasion be a little flabby. The Trio of the Minuet seems to wilt a little, but that's probably intended so. Your instrument sounds fine in this repertoire, it has a hint of the fortepiano.

These are on the site.

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I listened to the last movement. A cute, perky piece and played very nicely.

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 Post subject: Re: Haydn Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/43
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Thanks for the comments, everyone.

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Joe,
I thouroughly enjoyed this! You really did a great job. Your hard work was well demonstrated. Your execution was very clean and well-controlled. Your interpretation captured Haydn's spirit very well. Thank you for the post and I hope you keep them coming!



Eddy,

Thanks much for listening. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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Very good playing Joe. You are a true classicist.

Objectively speaking, there isn't anything to pick on. Personally, in some places I wished for a bit more bite and rhythmic incisiveness. Your articulation, rhythm and ornamentation are generally fine but can on occasion be a little flabby. The Trio of the Minuet seems to wilt a little, but that's probably intended so. Your instrument sounds fine in this repertoire, it has a hint of the fortepiano.



Thanks, Chris, for the comments and for putting this up.

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I listened to the last movement. A cute, perky piece and played very nicely.
I listened to the last movement. A cute, perky piece and played very nicely.


Thanks, Monica. I agree that this particular Presto movement is especially "perky," even for Haydn.

Joe

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 Post subject: Re: Haydn Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/43
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Hi Joe,

I had a listen to your Haydn Sonata recordings. Nice phrasing and very even voicing. I am impressed that you were able to keep your energy throughout in the presto :lol: typically when I play a piece fast it has to be short because like a runner, I can only sprint for so long, but you were able to keep tempo so I am in awe.

For criticism, personally I would have liked to here more rubato in the middle section of the #2 minuet and trio (I don't have a score in front of me so say at 1:06) Besides that I don't think there is much to pick on! You clearly have spent a long time to get these pieces in the shape I have heard in these recordings.

Look forward to more of your recordings,

~Riley

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 Post subject: Re: Haydn Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/43
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Riley,

Thanks very much for listening and for your comments.

Joe

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 Post subject: Re: Haydn Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/43
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Hi Joe,

First, I'm very impressed that you learned all the Haydn sonatas! That's quite an accomplishment.

Regarding your recording, I listened to the entire sonata but without the score. Overall it sounded excellent to me. You play this music with a wonderful vitality and fluency. All of the ornaments fit nicely into the melodic lines. Your articulation is very crisp and precise, and I like your evenness of touch, especially in the presto. You apply essential pedaling in this music, and it is well-timed and controlled to ensure clarity throughout. In short, I believe that you have a wonderful grasp of the Viennese Classical style and demonstrate it very well in your performance. I really enjoyed listening.

David

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 Post subject: Re: Haydn Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/43
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Hi Joe,

First, I'm very impressed that you learned all the Haydn sonatas! That's quite an accomplishment.

Regarding your recording, I listened to the entire sonata but without the score. Overall it sounded excellent to me. You play this music with a wonderful vitality and fluency. All of the ornaments fit nicely into the melodic lines. Your articulation is very crisp and precise, and I like your evenness of touch, especially in the presto. You apply essential pedaling in this music, and it is well-timed and controlled to ensure clarity throughout. In short, I believe that you have a wonderful grasp of the Viennese Classical style and demonstrate it very well in your performance. I really enjoyed listening.

David


Thanks, David! Yes, I had learned them all, but many were rather sloppy at the time :oops: :P What I'm trying to do now is hone the ones I like most as I map out repertoire. I will be doing that with other composers as well (of course it will be a lot more difficult with another of my favorites, Rachmaninoff :lol: ).

Thanks very much for the detailed comments and for listening.

Joe

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