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

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Roman Rabinovich piano

Josef HAYDN (1732–1809)
Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2

Piano Sonata No. 50 in D major, Hob.XVI:37
Piano Sonata No. 46 in E major, Hob.XVI:31
Piano Sonata No. 6 in C major, Hob.XVI:10
Piano Sonata No. 33 in C minor, Hob.XVI:20

Piano Sonata No. 13 in G major, Hob. XVI:6
Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Hob.XVI:2
Piano Sonata No. 35 in A flat major, Hob.XVI:43
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A major, Hob.XVI:12
Piano Sonata No. 58 in C major, Hob.XVI:48

2CD DigiFile

Features original artwork by Roman Rabinovich

Recorded at the Olivier Music Barn, Tippet Rise Arts Center, Fishtail,
Montana, USA, January 2–10 2019
Produced by Michael Brown and Adam Golka
Engineered, edited and mastered by Monte Nickles
DXD 32bit, 352.8kHz hi-resolution recording and mastering
Album drawings by Roman Rabinovich • Graphic design by David Murphy (FHR)
Booklet notes by Jonathan Summers
Piano: Steinway Model D, CD-18 (New York/Hamburg), serial #30012

Released 16 July 2021

Press Quotes

“Haydn’s characteristic wit and charm are omnipresent” (ALBUM OF THE MONTH – International Piano Magazine)

“…once again responding with personality and imagination to Haydn’s seemingly limitless invention… It’s quite a journey through Haydn’s piano sonatas, and as his cycle unfolds, it seems as if Rabinovich is going to be as individual a guide as the likes of Bavouzet and Hamelin in their recent surveys and selections”  (Gramophone)

“I rate Rabinovich extremely highly in Haydn and this new set confirms and expands that view… Volume Two is, if anything, even better [than vol. 1] and it will most definitely be amongst my Recordings of the Year.” (RECORDING OF THE MONTH – MusicWeb International)

“The elegance and liveliness of Rabinovich’s keyboard style are, indeed, a joy to listen to, and his unfailing musicality and inventiveness allows him to penetrate to the expressive heart of Haydn’s world. Altogether, a valuable addition to the Haydn sonatas discography.” (PERFORMANCE ***** RECORDING ***** – BBC Music)

“Enjoyable yet intelligent performances, well worth exploration” (Nick’s Classical Notes)

“With just the right degree of dynamic and expressive inflections, he can turn even the most mundane passages into points of interest. the high level of committed and informed interpretations heard throughout this two-disc set of a broad cross-section of Haydn’s keyboard music.” (Classical Music Sentinel)

“..the second Menuet of the A♭ Major Sonata becomes one of those moments where one gasps at the beauty Haydn and Rabinovich can create with just a few notes… There have been several outstanding single discs of Haydn sonatas, but as a (potentially) complete set, I prefer Rabinovich even to Ronald Brautigam’s fortepiano” (Fanfare Magazine)