Jadin: Sonatas, Op. 3/1 & 2, Op. 6/2 & 3

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COMPOSERS: Jadin
LABELS: Auvidis
WORKS: Sonatas, Op. 3/1 & 2, Op. 6/2 & 3
PERFORMER: Patrick Cohen (fortepiano)
CATALOGUE NO: V 4777
Hyacinthe Jadin (1769-1802) was one of the leading Parisian composers of his day. In his works the writer of the CD’s booklet note finds ‘the seeds of a new music, passionate and feverish’, and we can only guess at what might have been, had he not died at the age of 33.

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Cohen’s technique is impressive, but his understanding of 18th-century style is flawed – surprisingly so, in an age when scholarly research has brought a universal awareness of such matters. He seems reluctant to adopt a steady pulse, instead disturbing the music’s flow with ill-judged agogic accents and often exaggerated rubato. Yet, to be fair, this is one of his better discs. Others may find it more congenial than I do. Wadham Sutton