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Haydn Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI/43

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  1. jlr43

    jlr43 Member Piano Society Artist

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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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    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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    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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    Thanks for the comments, everyone.

    Eddy,

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

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

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

    Joe
     
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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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    Riley,

    Thanks very much for listening and for your comments.

    Joe
     
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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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    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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