HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Joseph Haydn – Piano Sonatas Hob. XVI 48, 50, 51 (Brendel)

Thank you very much Jean-Luc
Although I have a great respect and consideration for both gentlemen, I never took them both, Haydn and Brendel, in my personal top-ten list. Epic fail! After hearing to these beautiful sonatas I have to reconsider them both. Simply marvellous!

# Composer: Joseph Haydn
# Performer: Alfred Brendel
# Vinyls (1982)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 706 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Alfred Brendel studied piano, composition and conducting in Zagreb and Graz, and completed his piano studies with Edwin Fischer, Paul Baumgartner, and Edward Steuermann. His international career began after winning a prize at the 1949 Busoni Competition and he now performs regularly at the world’s major musical centres and festivals. He was the first pianist to record Beethoven’s complete piano works, and figured importantly in establishing Schubert’s piano sonatas, and Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto in the concert repertoire. Brendel’s affinity with deeply emotional music does not preclude a sense of humour. In a questionnaire he mentions “laughing” as his favourite occupation. Fittingly, his 1984 Darwin Lecture at Cambridge University dealt with the subject “Does classical music have to be entirely serious?”.

Among his favourite composers, Alfred Brendel has developed a long and fruitful partnership with Joseph Haydn. Exponent of the Viennese Classicism, Haydn seems to be one of the most suitable of composers to Brendel’s playing style, from several reasons.

Mainly, both the composer and his interpreter exhibit generously quite similar qualities when making music, such as: an unfailing wit, a refined sense of humour, and a tireless disposition to play – to play with emotions, with unanswered questions, even with philosophical or ethical themes. Yet, in this intelligent game nothing gets strident. Neither dark-hued accents nor colours of despair arise. A smile is never missing, even though the mood of a slow movement in a certain sonata or some variations could be entirely serious. Everything is light, though – or rather for – deep settled in tradition. The equilibrium comes from a special disposal of the musician with regard to inner and outer worlds. Brendel feels and knows how to convey these particular features, like no other Haydn performer. To better understand what I mean, listen to the sparkling finale of the C major Sonata Hob. XVI: 50 (Allegro molto).

Furthermore, one can easily notice that Brendel and Haydn share the musical pleasure of professing the classical poise with elegance and gusto. The harmonies seem simple and obvious, whilst the melodic lines breathe an air of inevitability. This deceptive simplicity seduce first. Nevertheless, the lively finger-work displayed by Brendel makes Haydn gain more distinction, more appeal and potentiates glowing facets of his music.


Analyzed folder: /96k Haydn – Piano Sonatas 48,50,51 – Alfred Brendel
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -0.29 dB     -19.42 dB     A1 Piano Sonata In C (Hob.XVI-48).wav
DR13        -0.26 dB     -18.01 dB     A2 Piano Sonata In D (Hob.XVI-51).wav
DR15        -0.45 dB     -18.89 dB     B Piano Sonata In C (Hob.XVI-50).wav
Number of files:    3
Official DR value:    DR14


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13 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Joseph Haydn – Piano Sonatas Hob. XVI 48, 50, 51 (Brendel)

  1. The two Brendel LPs are old “friend of mine. The Liszt LP is from his Vox-times. Those times Brendels Repertoire was much more
    intereristing as later, when he concentrating his concerts on the “Really great Copositions” Hope you can post the other two
    Haydn LPs too. Trottar

    • I share the hope of Trottar. I had a LP box with several sonatas by Haydn performed by Brendel (now only in digital form, rather unsatisfactory). I hope Blackbird make the usual miracle and the sound can come back to life.Thanks Jean Luc and thanks Rachalf 🙂

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