Haydn: Piano Sonata in A, Hob XVI:30; Piano Sonata in D, Hob XVI:42; Piano Sonata in E flat, Hob XVI:49; Piano Sonata in C, Hob XVI:50

COMPOSERS: Haydn
LABELS: Eufoda
WORKS: Piano Sonata in A, Hob XVI:30; Piano Sonata in D, Hob XVI:42; Piano Sonata in E flat, Hob XVI:49; Piano Sonata in C, Hob XVI:50
PERFORMER: Tom Beghin (fortepiano)
CATALOGUE NO: NUGI 017 DDD
Anyone who thinks that a fortepiano by definition lacks expressive potential may get quite a shock listening to this. Beghin, a young American, here plays an 1815 Broadwood and delivers these four Haydn sonatas with an inspiring freshness and a terrific sense of drama, especially in the C major, which emerges as positively Beethovenian. Happy proof that scholarship, technical brilliance and downright musicality are not mutually exclusive. Jessica Duchen

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