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Haydn Piano Sonatas-No 38

Magazine article Gramophone

Haydn Piano Sonatas-No 38

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Haydn

Piano Sonatas--No 38, HobXVI/23; No 39, HobXVI/24; No 47, HobXVI/32; No 59, HobXVI/49

Denis Kozhukhin pf

Onyx [M] ONYX4118 (52' * DDD)

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Christa Landon's numbering 1 to 62 is followed. But her 1960s edition was superseded in 2009 when Wiener Urtext published Ulrich Leisinger's updated revision. He explains: 'Landon's idea of establishing a verified chronological order has proved impossible to realise. For the new edition a pragmatic rule was chosen to facilitate finding the individual pieces; the sonatas are numbered consecutively and are ordered according to the Hoboken numbers.'

At the outset Denis Kozhukhin doesn't promise much. His tempo for the opening movement of HobXVI/49 (Landon's No 59)--too fast for Allegro--is glib, the first theme isn't slurred as marked and his response to a rich harmonic range is neither thoughtful nor analytical. He improves; the slow movement is a real Adagio with a sharply contrasted B flat minor section, the finale an intelligently assessed Tempo di menuetto. …

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