Haydn: Sonata ‘Un piccolo divertimento’

“Haydn’s piano music is often complicated and formally wayward: its beauties do not, on the whole, lie on the surface. It is music whose appeal is primarily intellectual, requiring both thought and explanation.”  (H.C. Robbins Landon) Haydn composed the Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 in Vienna in 1793 for the talented pianist Barbara (‘Babette’) von Ployer, … Continue reading Haydn: Sonata ‘Un piccolo divertimento’

New Hyperion : Haydn String Quartets – Op. 50

Hyperion Records has continued its excellent series of Haydn string quartets by the London Haydn Quartet with the newly released Op. 50 quartets.  This group of works has a tendancy to be somewhat of a dark horse among Haydn's quartets, but these works are some of the his best and adventurous. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycy98U6FxQ4 Here's a lengthy … Continue reading New Hyperion : Haydn String Quartets – Op. 50