Editors’ Notes Haydn’s sonatas have emerged from the shadows to find life under the fingers of some magnificent modern pianists. Paul Lewis, perhaps inspired by his mentor Alfred Brendel, engages with a quartet of works, creations that abound not only with immense creativity and imagination but also with a truly life-affirming wit and humour. And Lewis doesn’t sell that side of Haydn short—his finger work sparkles, the lines are unfurled with supreme logic but he also brings a smile to the lips. Here’s an album that makes you hope for many more to follow: it’s a revelation and a real joy.

SONG
Piano Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:49
Piano Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:49: I. Allegro
1
 
Piano Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:49: II. Adagio cantabile
2
 
Piano Sonata in E-Flat Major, Hob. XVI:49: III. Finale. Tempo di menuetto
3
 
Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50
Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50: I. Allegro
4
 
Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50: II. Adagio
5
 
Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50: III. Allegro molto
6
 
Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32
Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32: I. Allegro moderato
7
 
Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32: II. Menuet
8
 
Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32: III. Finale. Presto
9
 
Piano Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI:40
Piano Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI:40: I. Allegretto innocente
10
 
Piano Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI:40: II. Presto
11
 

More by Paul Lewis

Featured On