Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809):
Sonata No. 8 in A major, Hob. XVI: 5
Sonata No. 13 in G major, Hob. XVI: 6
Sonata No. 46 in E major, Hob. XVI: 31
Sonata No. 57 in F major, Hob. XVI: 47
Sonata No. 58 in C major, Hob. XVI: 48
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet – Piano
BBC Music Magazine, Instrumental Choice, October 2018 “Bavouzet’s Yamaha enables him to bring ideal clarity to these elegant works. Listening to this disc over a period of several weeks, I am astonished each time by the freshness of what I am hearing. Warmly recommended.”
Gramophone Editor’s Choice, September 2018 “The insight is communicated by the fingers of Bavouzet and by his palpable affection for these works. As before, the score is a starting point for him, not holy writ, and he grants himself full liberty to negotiate with Haydn, ornamenting and varying as he goes along, yet never obscuring the music’s purpose or pulling the spotlight away from it and towards himself.”
About the recording
Alongside an internationally acclaimed celebration of Debussy’s centenary, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet continues his sumptuous journey through Haydn, the instalments consistently praised for their intelligent approach and clear and vivid interpretations.
Recorded on a modern Yamaha CFX in the warm acoustic of Potton Hall in Suffolk, the series has now reached Volume 7, which showcases several rarely heard sonatas, some of which have been considered of dubious authenticity or outright apocryphal. With the exception of No. 13 (Hob. XVI: 6), absolutely and unarguably authentic, these sonatas survive only in the form of copies, and to establish a chronology is difficult, even impossible.
But through Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s playing, all these pieces are revealed in their purest essence and diversity, from the energetic, witty, and ironic to the graceful, tender, and intimate.