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Leon McCawley – Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Leon McCawley – Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4 (2021)
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The fourth volume in Leon McCawley’s much-praised series of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Keyboard Sonatas. Six Sonatas spanning the years 1766-80 are featured: the earliest the miniature First Sonata in G major, the latest the E-flat major Sonata No. 51, while Robert Matthew-Walker’s fascinating booklet note charts how deftly Haydn balanced the expectations of others and his own creative ambition. “Intended more to entertain than engage the intellect”, the fleet, divertimento-like First Sonata seems to anticipate the pedagogical leanings of Bartók’s Mikrokosmos more than a century and half later.

With its unabashed galant style, the D major-led Sonata No. 30 is “Papa” Haydn at his most quicksilver brilliant and delightful, while Sonata No. 35, in A-flat major – “a masterpiece of piano writing” – displays striking characteristics of early Romanticism.

Composed with the enhanced voice of the then newly available fortepiano in mind, sibling Sonata No. 48 in C major and No. 49 in C-sharp minor maintain a winning Classical poise even as one surprise after another see Haydn pushing the sonata form in new and unexpected directions.

Tracklist:
1. Piano Sonata No. 48 in C Major, Op. 30 No. 1, Hob. XVI:35: I. Allegro con brio (06:08)
2. Piano Sonata No. 48 in C Major, Op. 30 No. 1, Hob. XVI:35: II. Adagio (05:35)
3. Piano Sonata No. 48 in C Major, Op. 30 No. 1, Hob. XVI:35: III. Finale. Allegro (03:03)
4. Piano Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Hob. XVI:8: I. Allegro (02:09)
5. Piano Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Hob. XVI:8: II. Menuet (01:02)
6. Piano Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Hob. XVI:8: III. Andante (01:08)
7. Piano Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Hob. XVI:8: IV. Allegro (00:45)
8. Piano Sonata No. 35 in A-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:43: I. Moderato (06:07)
9. Piano Sonata No. 35 in A-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:43: II. Menuetto & Trio (02:22)
10. Piano Sonata No. 35 in A-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:43: III. Rondo. Presto (05:11)
11. Piano Sonata No. 49 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 30 No. 2, Hob. XVI:36: I. Moderato (05:53)
12. Piano Sonata No. 49 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 30 No. 2, Hob. XVI:36: II. Scherzando. Allegro con brio (03:05)
13. Piano Sonata No. 49 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 30 No. 2, Hob. XVI:36: III. Menuet & Trio. Moderato (04:06)
14. Piano Sonata No. 51 in E-Flat Major, Op. 30 No. 4, Hob. XVI:38: I. Allegro moderato (05:31)
15. Piano Sonata No. 51 in E-Flat Major, Op. 30 No. 4, Hob. XVI:38: II. Adagio (03:49)
16. Piano Sonata No. 51 in E-Flat Major, Op. 30 No. 4, Hob. XVI:38: III. Finale. Allegro (03:00)
17. Piano Sonata No. 30 in D Major, Op. 53 No. 2, Hob. XVI:19: I. Moderato (07:15)
18. Piano Sonata No. 30 in D Major, Op. 53 No. 2, Hob. XVI:19: II. Andante (08:48)
19. Piano Sonata No. 30 in D Major, Op. 53 No. 2, Hob. XVI:19: III. Finale. Allegro assai (03:02)

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