This is not a first choice for Haydn's Keyboard concerti, but an interesting one nonetheless. A very mellow fortepiano is featured with a delicate sounding period instrument band, this being quite the opposite of the pungent sound that is at times associated with original instruments. As a result, even those who are often disenchanted with the sound of such instruments should be pleased with this release.
At any rate, these performances offer highly embellished renditions of these familiar concerti. In addition to the normal practice of the soloist playing and adorning the basso continuo line during tutti sections, the performances are quite unique in that repeats are decidedly embroidered and at times even rewritten. In addition, quite a few fermatas are likewise embellished... and often in a quite elaborate manner. I am not sure if the degree of such emendations was as extensive in the 18th Century, but the interpretive choices made, are always musical, never less than interesting, and I dare say fascinating as well.
Therefore, this set is heartily recommended as a supplement to anyone not only captivated with these particular Haydn works, but also to those who are curious regarding the possibilities of 18th century performance practices... and especially so given its rock-bottom budget price.