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Loc: New York City
To be honest, I was expecting not to enjoy it only because I've heard this sonata many times(it might be the second most performed after the E flat...which I don't like). But I watched the entire performance with great pleasure and the fact that I've heard this Sonata a lot never entered my mind.
At musical and pianistic challenges go, I think Haydn is sometimes thought of as sort of nothing -- and boy, is that a mistake. I think most Haydn, like Mozart, is an incredibly quick indicator of what kind of pianist and musician we are hearing. Everything is just so transparent and magnified -- touch, balance, rhythm, dynamic control, phrasing. And here, within just a few seconds we can tell that we're hearing a superb pianist and musician.
Loc: western MA, USA
I loved it too. I thought the articulations and phrasing were lovely.
I might share one thing that was recently pointed out to me in my Haydn playing, which is that it's important not to overuse the bright/brilliant forte sound when playing Haydn. Other tone colors can make things more interesting. For example that lovely moment around 4:40, we could have had more like that.
But, that's just for you to think about, and if any of the Haydn sonatas are GOOD candidates for a bright/brilliant sound to dominate, this is the one...
Edited by hreichgott (03/15/1410:05 PM)
Heather W. Reichgott, piano http://heatherwreichgott.blogspot.com Working on: reviewing some Beethoven, Fauré, Shostakovich, Debussy, Chopin I love Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and new music