Vladimir Feltsman

Haydn: Keyboard Sonatas

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Vladimir Feltsman has a wide and varied repertoire that includes music from the Baroque to the modern era, and it's not surprising to find an album of keyboard sonatas by Franz Joseph Haydn among his recordings of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, and Scriabin on the Nimbus label. Furthermore, while Feltsman is known for his virtuosity and his robust execution, he is also a refined craftsman, so the Haydn works are very much in his bailiwick, both stylistically and technically. These sonatas are models of precision and economy, and Feltsman plays with close attention to details and accuracy, emphasizing the crisp sonorities that give the music its clarity and wit. While he doesn't claim these are period style performances, Feltsman emulates the Classical style on a modern piano by avoiding the use of the pedals and playing with clean, detached articulation, imitating the secco quality of an early fortepiano. Purists may have their preferences of instrumentation, but Feltsman's tasteful and insightful readings of these early piano sonatas are quite appealing, and likely to win over fans of both mainstream and period interpretations.

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