From bland to brilliant: Haydn reinvented
Brautigam, performing on fortepiano, produces an enthralling recording of Haydns' works for solo keyboard
Repertoire: Haydn Solo Keyboard Music Vol.10
Artists: Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano)
Label: BIS-CD 1323/1324
Anyone who’s worked through to the 10th volume in this dedicated series is certainly a Haydn fan, but if this is your starting point for his piano music, you’ll be enthralled by seemingly simple, joyful melodies delightfully played. Although fascinating for reasons of authenticity, the very nature of Haydn’s airs and dances transform them from potentially dry exercises to charming entertainments, responding to popular taste of the time.