Haydn: Complete Piano Concertos

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Label: CPO
Catalog: 555400-2
Format: CD

Camerata Schweiz; Zhao, Mélodie; Nebel, David; Griffiths, Howard

The Swiss-Chinese pianist Melodie Zhao teams up with the Camerata Schweiz and Howard Griffiths on this complete recording of Joseph Haydn’s concertos for keyboard instruments – for harpsichord, for pianoforte, and surprisingly also for organ. Although Haydn’s organ concertos were originally intended for the sacred setting of the Catholic liturgy, during his lifetime and with his approval they circulated exclusively and more widely for “secular instruments,” which means that they are excellently suited for the modern piano. The recording is based on the instrumental assignments and score text in the musicological complete edition of Haydn’s works, and the compositions originally intended for the organ are heard here for the first time following the new edition of 2020.

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