Haydn: Late Piano Sonatas, Nos. 59-62 Giovanni Mazzocchin
- Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809): Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:49:
- 1Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:49: I. Allegro11:52
- 2Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:49: II. Adagio e cantabile08:25
- 3Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:49: III. Finale. Tempo di minuet04:42
- Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Op. 79, Hob. XVI:50:
- 4Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Op. 79, Hob. XVI:50: I. Allegro11:43
- 5Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Op. 79, Hob. XVI:50: II. Adagio05:24
- 6Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Op. 79, Hob. XVI:50: III. Allegro molto02:21
- Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:51:
- 7Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:51: I. Andante04:01
- 8Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:51: II. Finale. Presto01:49
- Keyboard Sonata No. 62 in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:52:
- 9Keyboard Sonata No. 62 in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:52: I. Allegro08:07
- 10Keyboard Sonata No. 62 in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:52: II. Adagio06:55
- 11Keyboard Sonata No. 62 in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:52: III. Finale. Presto05:29
Info for Haydn: Late Piano Sonatas, Nos. 59-62
Nowadays most performers overlook Haydn's piano sonatas, mainly because over years these works have been deemed as less-interesting or duller than those by Haydn's fellow composers, namely Mozart and Beethoven. This unrighteous judgement stems definitely from a sloppy understanding of this composers's outstanding and unique skills.
(Franz) Joseph Haydn's highly experimental wit is pervasive throughout the evolution of his style, in particular in these last four grand sonatas, which should be doubtlessly considered 'concert pieces'.
A thorough analysis of these works showcases a relentless growth in terms of formal, harmonic and thematic ingenuity, which reaches its peak in the last and most difficult sonata, the second one in the key of E-flat major from this set. It's very likely that this sonata had a major influence in the young Ludwig van Beethoven, whose first sonatas present a huge amount of musical and technical discoveries by the old master.
Giovanni Mazzocchin strives to perform the works in question with a historically informed approach, insofar as this can be done on a modern concert grand. He always plays the repetitions with remarkable changes that range from slight modifications in terms of dynamics to ornaments and small cadenzas on the main fermatas.
Giovanni Mazzocchin, piano
is born in Bassano del Grappa in 1994. He studied at the Conservatory 'Arrigo Pedrollo' in Vicenza under the guidance of Marco Tezza.
During the years of conservatory he also attended masterclasses with some notable pianists such as Carlo Grante, Alexander Madzar and Filippo Gamba. He degreed in 2012 with high degrees, honor and special mention.
Giovanni is now student at the University of the Padua in the faculty of Computer Science, and he combines the study with the musical interest.
He is as an OnClassical artist since November 2015. A first collaboration with the label includes the recording of the late sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, Opus 101 & 106 (Hammerklavier) and Opus 109, 110, 111 (OnClassical Cat. OC141C), and the Bach's Goldberg Variations.
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