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Haydn: Complete Piano Sonatas Box set


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Rudolf Buchbinder has devoted himself not only to the music of the Classical and Romantic periods but also rarely performed works such as the collection of “Diabelli” variations, composed by 50 leading Austrian composers in response to a competitions held in 1819 by the publisher Diabelli.
Haydn composed his earliest sonatas with the harpsichord in mind, but in later years he began increasingly to exploit dynamic contrasts of a kind that could be obtained only on the fortepiano.
“A truly class act: to marvel at how Buchbinder powerfully chisels the chords and sends the horrendously difficult trills leaping out of the piano; how he entices graceful, filigree sounds from the music”. (Westdeutsche Allgemeine, 29 March 2000)

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
A remarkable pianist! 7 April 2007
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Although the brumes of the elapsed years, Rudolf Buchbinder in the middle seventies established a well deserved place among the pianists of his generation when personally decided to assume a great challenge like play Haydn in a moment in which precisely the entire world was celebrating the bicentenary of Beethoven's birth.

That was a bold decision, but the way he approached to the Austrian master was filled of healthy vitality and mesmerizing freshness.

He has been gifted of a powerful sound, and so his Haydn never sounded kindly of I may. But with certain Beethovenian reminiscences.

I still remember the praised comments around the world with his successful versions recorded on Telefunken label.

If you are really looking for an innovative Haydn' s sound, go for this set. It will reward you from start to finish.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Just what I was looking for 13 Dec. 2009
By Mark Fleischmann - Published on Amazon.com
I love Richter's performances of the Haydn sonatas but he didn't come anywhere near completing the set. What if he had recorded a complete edition? It might well have sounded a lot like this excellent set by Buchbinder, with beautiful dynamic gradations and a quicksilver brilliance in fast passages. The 1973-75 analog recording by Teldec is superb. After hearing this, I'd like to hear more of Buchbinder.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Unexpected 8 Jun. 2011
By Quiero Cafe - Published on Amazon.com
There's a bit of a quality control issue on a couple of the early discs. The speed varies noticeably, pulling the piano "out of key" so to speak. Of course, this was probably on the original masters, at least I hope it was. Otherwise, the sound is good - these are 70s recordings. The piano comes close to sounding like a fortepiano at times, which is in keeping with these works. Buchbinder plays compelling throughout - no complaints there. What surprised me is how un-Haydn-like the music here is. Nobody seems to agree with me, but these pieces sound a lot closer to Scarlatti than the author of the string quartets. I guess that is just another feather in Haydn's cap. It's all very enjoyable stuff and doesn't come out of the speakers and slap you around, demanding to be heard. Which isn't to say it's 18th century elevator music. At the right price, you can't go wrong. However, I don't think it's necessarily 10 discs of must-have music like his string quartets. The comparison is somewhat unfair, given the original target audience for these pieces. But on the other hand, there's nothing here that will do anything but please.
7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Beware 20 May 2011
By dm - Published on Amazon.com
My problem is not with the music, but with the discs. As with many other Teldec, Erato, and Warner Bros. Classic discs, all discs in the box will not play through my recently purchased Dell laptop. The issue seems to be, after searching for answers on the internet, anti-piracy software that Warner Bros. puts on its discs. Many others have had the problem, so beware.
2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
very good - 4 or 5 star rating 15 Jan. 2012
By many reasons - Published on Amazon.com
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I have listened to all 10 discs.Pleasing to listen to.I get the feel of real classical music with Haydn piano sonates.Some parts are very exceptional.Well played.These should compare very favorably with other great piano works.I would definately recommend this set.
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