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Haydn: Piano Sonatas 53-56 & 58/'Piccolo' Variations

Jeno Jando Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Aug 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00002607X
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Presto
2. Adagio
3. Vivace Molto
4. Allegretto E Innocente
5. Presto
6. Allegro
7. Allegro Di Molto
8. Andante Con Espressione
9. Vivace Assai
10. Andante Con Espressione
11. Rondo: Presto
12. Andante

Product Description

Piano Sonatas Vol. 3: Nos. 53 - 56 and 58; Variations (un Piccolo Divertimento) in F minor, Hob. XVII: 6.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWER
With this CD, we are approaching the end of Jeno Jando's ten-volume cycle of the Haydn piano sonatas on the budget-priced Naxos label. The individual recordings date from the mid 1990s, but they were released in 2009 as a box set in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death. The five sonatas on this CD date from the 1780s with three of them, no. 54-56, composed as a set for the 16 year old Princess Marie Hermenegild Esterhazy in celebration of her marriage to the grandson of Haydn's patron, Nikolaus Esterhazy. The f minor variations, also known as Sonata, un piccolo divertimento, is one of Haydn's masterpieces and was composed somewhat later, in 1793. Jando is an outstanding interpreter of Haydn. While each of the works on this CD has been recorded with some frequency, it is valuable to have Jando's readings and to have these works arranged chronologically on a single CD. I will offer here some comments on each of the individual pieces on this disk.

The sonata no. 53 in e minor, Hob 34, was published in 1784 but probably was composed earlier. It is the only three-movement work on this CD. The opening presto shows Haydn at his most dramatic and bleak in a sharply angular minor key movement. There is a short, contrasting secondary theme in the major key. The second movement, adagio, is the only slow middle movement in this collection. It is graceful, florid, and highly ornamented. The adagio leads without pause to a movement marked innocentemente, with a simple, folk-like theme in e minor which alternates with a similar theme in the major key.

The three sonatas for Princess Esterhazy date from 1784 and are each in two movements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Haydn winner from Naxos. 10 Dec 2002
You can't go wrong with any Naxos CD of Haydn's music. Virtually every CD on the market so far is a winner. This CD offers 70 minutes of good value. The Bb Sonata is particularly engaging. It receives a sprightly performance from the Jeno Jando. As with other of his recordings, I sometimes am aware of soft grunts and crooning noises, an accompaniment to his piano playing not evident when I heard him in recital in Melbourne.
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