HAYDN: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 (2CD)

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‘Beguiling virtuosity’ (The Sunday Times)
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Roman Rabinovich piano

Josef HAYDN (1732-1809)
Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1

1–3 No. 36 in C Major, Hob.XVI:21
4–5 No. 32 in G Minor, Hob.XVI:44
6–7 No. 29 in E Flat Major, Hob.XVI:45
1–3 Divertimento in E flat Major, Hob.XVI:16
4–6 No. 52 in G Major, Hob.XVI:39
7–9 No. 47 in B Minor, Hob.XVI:32

2CD DigiFile

Features original artwork by Roman Rabinovich

Recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, USA, 24-30 October 2016
Produced by Michael Brown and Adam Golka
Engineered by Leszek Wójcik assisted by Noriko Okabe and Shao-Ting Sun
Edited by Leszek Wójcik • Mastering and artwork by David Murphy (FHR)
24bit, 88.2kHz hi-resolution recording and mastering
Album drawings by Roman Rabinovich
Photos by Balázs Böröcz – Pilvax Studio, and Sergei Narinsky

Piano: Steinway Model D, ‘Chantal’, serial #594337, tuned and voiced by Tali Mahanor

Listen to Roman Rabinovich talk about his Haydn’s Piano Sonata recordings with Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly for a Gramophone Podcast.
You can also listen to the Podcast on iTunes!

Press Quotes

“….this first volume in what will be a complete set of the Haydn piano sonatas oeuvre is both fascinating and hugely impressive…. This ‘complete’ Haydn may oust Rudolf Buchbinder’s magisterial set as the benchmark recording” (performance ***** / recording ***** BBC Music Magazine)

“Rabinovich is up there with Bavouzet in this repertoire… Delightful.” (••••• International Piano Magazine)

“The first two discs are a foretaste of splendours to come, with his singing cantabile in the adagio to the C major Sonata No 36 and beguiling virtuosity in Haydn’s brilliantly entertaining presto and prestissimo finales” (Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times) 

“Rabinovich responds to this ever-inventive music with a broad palette of tone and touch, sweetly singing in the cantabile slow movements and with fluent dexterity in the fingery fast movements….the development of the cycle as it unfolds will, without doubt, be well worth further listening” (Gramophone)

“The energy and enthusiasm held by the artist for this music, his technical and emotive gifts, and the overall sound are all noteworthy.” (****1/2 Audaub.com)

“The spread of invention in the Haydn sonatas presented here is remarkable, and Rabinovich seems to delight in each and every turn, from the harmonic delights of the first movement of No
29 to the sweet yet almost exploratory manner of CPE Bach in the Divertimento.” (Classical Music Magazine, *****)

“This is superb playing. Exceptionally good…more please” (The Arts Desk)

“This is graceful, gracious Haydn… Rabinovich is exceptionally attentive to the scores…” (Fanfare)

“…this pianist has great technique and beautiful, expressive ideas about Haydn that repay close attention….” (American Record Guide)

“I came across it [Vol. 1] last year when I was conducting a personal appraisal of the available recordings of these wonderful but under-appreciated compositions. I will say at the outset that Rabinovich beat all-comers hands down…. This is the kind of record which, when I get to the end, I start again from the beginning. It is that good.” (MusicWeb International)