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    Hello all,

    I'd just like to ask if some of you own complete sets of Haydn's sonatas and if so, which ones you'd recommend. I was thinking of getting Walter Olbertz's set or the new set of sonatas by Emanuel Ax on Sony:

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    Would you recommend these recordings?
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    If you want to go for the whole set I'd recommend McCabe. If you have the luxury to wait Bavouzet is coming very very strong.

    But nothing can replace a Brendel, Bavozuet, Hamelin, Pletnev, Schiff potpourri in my opinion...though you can't reach, even close to, 62

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    Hamelin is brilliant. So is Gould, as is Horowitz in what he recorded.

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    Don't laugh -- the complete sonatas in excellent sound for under ten bucks! Check the reviews, all 5-star so far (one of them is mine).

    http://www.amazon.com/Haydn-The-Pian...54570&sr=301-1


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Hamelin is brilliant. So is Gould, as is Horowitz in what he recorded.
    The OP asks for complete sets...

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    No question the McCabe set.
    They are played with great warmth and humanity.
    My desert island set.

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    I recommend Beghin's complete set on Naxos.

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    Do you mean Jando?...............

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    For complete sets, I like John McCabe (my favourite), Walter Olbertz and Jeno Jando (Naxos).

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    Brautigam, on BIS, offers not only all the sonatas, but all the solo keyboard music of Haydn. It is, however, on the fortepiano. If that is not a problem for you, I highly recommend it. The sound quality, and the artistic quality, are both excellent. For the piano, though, my choice is Hamelin, even if it is not complete. Still, at 3 volumes, you get quite a bit.

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    I have the Brautigam as well and it's great.
    so piano or fortepiano, that is the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Do you mean Jando?...............

    No I do not. I mean the set of complete Haydn keyboard music which the Haydn expert Tom Beghin recorded for Naxos. This is one of the the most stimulating things I've heard for years, I recommend it without any reservations.
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    I wouldn´t go for the Brilliant Classics compilation for sure, which I own. Too uneven, often dull, and rather unengaged.

    Haven´t heard McCabe, but I like other recordings by him a lot, really.

    Kissin did a good recital, a rather romantic approach http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Sonatas-Haydn/dp/B000002A93

    Andsnes too http://www.amazon.com/music/dp/B00000I3V2;

    there are some interesting early Gould recordings, a controversial late weird set from him as well, but not a first choice;

    Ernst Levy: often engaged, Beethoven-like, if technically uneven playing, and nice group of sonatas, probably available as downloads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwgnmu5pwO4

    Haven´t heard Sokolov, another highly interesting choice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5P3W3sNnzg
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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    I wouldn´t go for the Brilliant Classics compilation for sure, which I own. Too uneven, often dull, and rather unengaged.

    Haven´t heard McCabe, but I like other recordings by him a lot, really.

    Kissin did a good recital, a rather romantic approach http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Sonatas-Haydn/dp/B000002A93

    Andsnes too http://www.amazon.com/music/dp/B00000I3V2;

    there are some interesting early Gould recordings, a controversial late weird set from him as well, but not a first choice;

    Ernst Levy: often engaged, Beethoven-like, if technically uneven playing, and nice group of sonatas, probably available as downloads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwgnmu5pwO4

    Haven´t heard Sokolov, another highly interesting choice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5P3W3sNnzg
    The Brilliant set is interesting for Bart Van Oort's contribution I think. I like Sokolov's Haydn very much. Levy, like Richter, is very serious.

    If we're moving into the territory of individual CDs, then there are some excellent ones from Yuko Wataya, Robert Hill and Lars Ulrich Mortensen. But best of all in my opinion, is the Haydn from Deszo Ranki. Ranki is for me the greatest Haydn player on modern piano, because he is so aware of the slightly menacing driven quality which surges up from time to time in the music.

    Has anyone tried the Haydn sonatas that Zoltan Kocsis recorded? I keep wondering whether to buy that CD. And what about Hamlin's thirs set?
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    Hello, I'm a satisfied owner of the complete Haydn edition from Brilliant Classics. This edition has perfect and complete pianoforte recordings of all haydn's piano works. You can also buy these piano sonatas and works as a separate box from Brilliant Classics. If you prefer to have recordings with piano and not the pianoforte then I strongly recommend you to buy the piano sonatas by Marc-André Hamelin. He's recordings are truly amazing and pure by sound and intonation.

    I hope this was all helpful for you.

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