Album: Carole Cerasi, Haydn and the Art of Variation (Metronome)

Click to follow

Where Mozart was a composer-performer, Haydn played in private. It's appropriate, then, that listening to Cerasi's recital of the C, G and D major sonatas is like eavesdropping.

On the handsome 1795 Schantz fortepiano and Karin Richter's delicate copy of a 1771 Hubert clavichord, Cerasi matches Haydn's invention in articulation of infinite variety, judicious use of the secretive timbre of the fortepiano's soft pedal, and subtle application of rubato. The Sturm und Drang Variations in F minor are a triumph.