Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s 11-CD Chandos recording of all 65 of Franz Josef Haydn’s piano sonatas has been creating a major stir in the world of classical music. In BBC’s Classical Music Magazine, Bayan Northcott wrote a rave review of disk 11 of the set. And then the classical music world got even more excited when in the New York Times, music critic David Allen wrote a feature article about Mr. Bavouzet and his astonishing recording.
This level of excitement usually surrounds the release of a new recording of Wagner’s Ring operas or Berlioz’s les Troyens. Why is all this exhilaration swirling around recordings of Haydn piano sonatas, most of which have usually been classified as underpowered pieces that should, at best, be used to open recitals of weightier works that will follow? It is because Mr. Bavouzet, thanks to his 13-year exploration of these pieces, reveals new levels of depth that have been overlooked in the past. In these recordings, even the simplest and shortest Haydn sonata seems to announce, “Look at me, I have something new and important to say.” And the bigger, weightier Haydn sonatas clamber up to take their deserved place alongside the “bigger” sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and possibly even Schubert.
This is history being made.
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