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    Brautigam also made absolutely excellent recording of Haydn Piano concertos with Concerto Copenhagen. I think he should have recorded Beethoven. Norrkoping orchestra is good, but this guys from Copenhagen impressed me more. Seems to me that they are really excellent orchestra.

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    I'm new to this forum; this is my first post! I am wondering if anyone has a suggestion as to which volume of sonatas I might start off with. I am eyeing some urtext books on Amazon, at some $45 a pop, so I thought maybe I could start off with one but I don't know which to choose. I'm not a fantastic pianist, but I have been trying to play more lately. I'd call myself intermediate. I could guess that Book 1 might be easier if it was written for the harpsichord, but I don't feel I need to necessarily choose the EASIEST. Opinions are WELCOME! This is an old thread, I know, but I was googling "best Haydn piano sonatas" and this is what came up.

    Did he write piano works other than sonatas? I wish I knew more. thank you, to anyone who happens to see this.

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    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    It's not inevitable that the earliest sonatas will be the easiest to play. In any case the contents of the volumes will probably be arranged in chronological order so (though I stand to be corrected if others know better) you may well find a mixture of difficulty in each volume. IMHO the later sonatas are more interesting musically but be aware that some of them are pretty demanding to play.

    Haydn did venture outside the sonata form sometimes, the best known examples probably being the Andante and Variations in F minor and the Fantasy in C. Those two are later works however, not easy to play, so handle (Handel?) with care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherrylynn126 View Post
    I'm new to this forum; this is my first post! I am wondering if anyone has a suggestion as to which volume of sonatas I might start off with. I am eyeing some urtext books on Amazon, at some $45 a pop, so I thought maybe I could start off with one but I don't know which to choose. I'm not a fantastic pianist, but I have been trying to play more lately. I'd call myself intermediate. I could guess that Book 1 might be easier if it was written for the harpsichord, but I don't feel I need to necessarily choose the EASIEST. Opinions are WELCOME! This is an old thread, I know, but I was googling "best Haydn piano sonatas" and this is what came up.

    Did he write piano works other than sonatas? I wish I knew more. thank you, to anyone who happens to see this.
    Try this site, you can see all his works
    https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...ers/895--haydn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    I have both volumes of Hamelin Haydn, and they're quickly becoming my favorites. Well, I shouldn't say quickly, since I've had them since they were released. They've grown well. Hamelin has the lilt, the playfulness as required.

    Others I own 'n enjoy--Gould, Richter, Sudbin, Brendel, Schiff, Pletnev, Pogorelich, Horowitz, Xiao-Mei.
    I have Hamelin. Interesting Richter played Haydn rather than Mozart sonatas. Gould is his quirky self

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    A few of my favorites:

    No. 3 in F major, Hob. 9
    No. 12 in A major, Hob. 12
    No. 48 in C major, Hob. 35
    No. 60 in C major, Hob. 50
    No. 61 in D major, Hob. 51
    No. 62 in F major, Hob. 52

    My preferred complete set is by Walter Olbertz. I also like individual Haydn Sonata performances by Emanuel Ax and Jeno Jando.

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    I like either piano or fortepiano, but since none of the latter have been mentioned, here goes.

    Three complete sets:

    Christine Schornsheim

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    Ronald Brautigam

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    Also a fascinating set by Tom Beghin - through the use of period instruments and software to image room size and acoustics that Haydn might have heard

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    Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano) has begun a traversal of the Haydn keyboard sonatas

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    There are more incomplete sets, but these are the ones I own and listen to most.
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    For complete piano sets the new Dershavina is the best I have heard, fantastic artist who records very little but these sonatas are full of life and imagination in her hands......don't miss a supplemental 2CD set of extras that is even better than the sonatas

    Also can't neglect a partial 4CD set by Brendel, these are really extraordinary and a real pleasant suprise






    Also I wish Hyperion label would issue a boxset of the 4 CDs Hamelin made of Haydn sonatas,
    expensive to buy these individually (but they are very good)

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    My favourite complete set is the one by John McCabe, on Decca.

    IMHO it's certainly worth testing out the options on YouTube or Spotify first if you intend to invest in the CDs, as the interpretations and sounds of the different performers are quite different.

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    Haydn’s String Quartets are among the most favorite classical music for me. I also am very partial to Haydn’s Piano Sonatas.

    Though I do not have a recording of Haydn’s complete Piano Sonatas, I do have a number of recordings that cover most of them.
    Among my favorites would be recordings by:
    Brendel
    Ax
    Richter
    Ranki
    Gotkovsky
    Sudbin
    Kalish
    Gould
    Nel
    Kocsis

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    Also I wish Hyperion label would issue a boxset of the 4 CDs Hamelin made of Haydn sonatas,
    expensive to buy these individually (but they are very good)

    There are 3 volumes with HAMELIN with two cds in each - the third looks like this:
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    And Hamelin also recorded the three piano concertos.
    "I only have a hunch in what I've become expert." - Leonard Cohen

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