This is an excellent disc of Haydn's piano sonatas. I love Haydn's piano music; in my view it is the equal of Mozart's and deserves to be much better known. It has all of Haydn's trademark wit and joy, but also real tenderness and beauty and a depth that marks it out as genuinely great piano music.
This is the first volume of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's projected complete cycle. I have so far heard the first four volumes, and every one is terrific. Bavouzet's admirable technique allows him to get right into the heart of the music. He articulates it very crisply and preserves the structures so essential to Haydn but uses just the right amount of rubato and subtle phrasing to convey the music's meaning and give it real character. He understands, crucially, that Haydn often said serious things in a witty way so that the depth comes through the often melodious and genial air. It is exemplary Haydn playing, I think.
With excellent recorded sound and very full notes this is a very good disc all round. This series won't depose my much-loved Brendel and Schornsheim recordings in my affections, but it is as good in many ways and stands very well alongside them. Very warmly recommended.