The most striking feature of the set is the unfailing superb, crystalline clarity of Hamelin's sound. It brings to mind the delicacy and finesse cultivated by pianists who, enamoured of the French Clavecinistes, are willing to risk anything to make Rameau and Couperin work on a modern Steinway. The performances are next to flawless. --IRR, June'12
Once again, the playing is outstanding for its crystalline tone, springy rhythms , lively tempos and integral handling of ornamentation. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine, Jul'12
These are magnificent performances and clearly a prime love for Hamelin. --Gramophone, Aug'12
Hyperions Record of the Month is the third double-volume release in Marc-André Hamelins much-praised series of Haydns keyboard sonatas. Haydn wrote around sixty keyboard sonatas and this selection of eleven focuses on those from the 1770s, including the great C minor sonata from the composers Sturm und Drang period, with its dynamic contrasts and virtuoso demands. These are bookended by three from Haydns earliest output from the 1750s, most likely penned for his young female pupils to play, and the D major sonata written during the second of the mature composers triumphant London visits in 1794. In all these fascinating, idiosyncratic works, Marc André Hamelin wears his renowned virtuosity lightly, while playing with understated wit and the elegant, immaculate musicianship that has come to define one of the greatest pianists of our time.
Marc-André Hamelin, piano