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HAYDN: Piano Concertos, Hob.XVIII:3,4,9,11

Composer(s):Haydn, Franz Joseph
Artist(s) Muller-Bruhl, Helmut, Conductor • Cologne Chamber OrchestraKnauer, Sebastian, piano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.570485
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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While, unlike Mozart, Haydn never made a living as a keyboard soloist, he nevertheless came nearest to Mozart in the best known of his keyboard concertos, No. 11 in D major. First performed in Paris in 1784 this is a work of the composer’s maturity, with strikingly dramatic contrasts, an expressive slow movement and an infectious Hungarian Rondo. Although slight by comparison, if not in craftsmanship, Concerto No. 3 is notable for its wistful slow movement and lively Finale, while Concerto No. 4, with its elaborate solo part, includes a dramatic and sombre Andante cantabile, and an exuberant Rondo.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2008

We tend to forget that Haydn was already thirty before works of significance came into being, those composed before being the well-meaning output of a kepellmeister who earned most of his living as a teacher. The group of keyboard concertos began during his early maturity, though apart from the D major—the second work on the present release—they have dropped from the concert repertoire. From the title pages they were intended for performance on the clavichord, an instrument that would provide a very different quality to the modern piano used here by Sebastian Knauer. Born in Germany, Knauer was to make his concert debut in 1984 at Hamburg’s Musikhalle when aged thirteen playing Haydn’s D major concerto. He certainly has the measure of the music, both in shape



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