Joseph Haydn - piano works

by Leen de Broekert

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An appealing new Haydn recording by the Dutch fortepiano specialist Leen de Broekert. This CD includes:

Capriccio in G (Hob. XVII: 1)
The Capriccio in G major dates from 1765. The piece is written in rondo form and, like C. Ph. E. Bach’s rondos, it evolves from a single motif. This theme is the folksong Acht Sauschneider müssen seyn: “If you have to geld a boar you need eight people. Two in front, two at the back, two to hold the beast, one to tie him up, one to handle the knife.” The piece starts in a simple and naïve way, but in due course it takes the form of a brilliant, compelling improvisation, culminating towards the end in a dramatic fermata, which leads to an inevitable cadenza. The many sequences lend an undeniably baroque flavor to the whole of it.

Andante con Variazioni (Hob. XVII:6)
In 1793 Marianne von Genzinger dies. It is very well possible that Haydn wrote the Andante con Variazioni in reaction to the loss of the woman for whom he felt such an extremely deep sympathy. In the autograph the work is described as Sonata, which probably indicates that the composer planned to write other movements as well. Haydn uses for this piece his favourite double variation formula: two themes – one in the minor, one in the major key – undergo a parallel metamorphosis. Towards the end Haydn drops the caesura marks that separate the minor theme from the major one. Focusing on the dotted rhythm of the initial motif the composer works, as if in the development section of a sonata, towards an exciting climax.


released March 21, 2000

Leen de Broekert, fortepiano
(Fortepiano/Hammerflügel: Michael Walker, Neckargemünd 1993, naar/after/nach Anton Walter, Wenen/Vienna/Wien 1795)



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