Six Piano Sonatas (2016)

Haydn

Einav Yarden

The six keyboard sonatas selected for this CD are taken from Haydn’s middle period, all written between 1773-1776 when he was loyally at the service of Prince Nikolaus Esterházy (and to whom three of the sonatas are dedicated). I find it fascinating that even within the context of Haydn’s 60 continuous years of composition, and given the vast development and change in his style – moving from the early Classical period and Style Galant, through the Empfindsamkeit and C.P.E. Bach’s influence, to establishing and refining what is now the essence of “The Classical Style”- Haydn displays in a short period of 3 years an astonishing diversity of compositional techniques, modes of expression, style and characters. The elegant finesse, proportion and (deceiving) symmetry presented in the first movement of the D major Sonata (Hob. XVI:24), is followed with the contrapuntal lines of the first movement of the A major Sonata (Hob. XVI:26), its ingenious Menuet Al Rovescio (Minuet in reverse) and its surprising, playful and brisk third movement. Later on unfolds a serene and beautiful slow movement, reminiscent of a Passacaglia with interwoven long polyphonic lines, in which Haydn overtly leans back to the Baroque era (Hob. XVI:31, 2nd movt.). The set of sonatas chosen here culminates with the B minor sonata (Hob. XVI:32), which foreshadows some Beethovenian elements - in drama, architecture and motivic use.

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Einav Yarden

Pianist Einav Yarden is praised for her "...imagination and exceptionally vivid playing...Sense of immense majesty, tempered by gentleness and quiet grace." (Washington Post, USA), and her “glistening rapture…ingenious humor” (Tagesspiegel, Germany). In 2005 she completed four years of study with the renowned pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins University), earning with high honors a Masters of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma. Prior to that she received a Bachelors of Music from the Rubin Music Academy of the Tel Aviv University under the instruction of Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky, and her early education was with Hadassa Gonen. Other piano guidance includes that of the eminent Georgian pianist Elisso Virsaladze, Richard Goode, and that of Prof. Zvi Meniker (on historical fortepianos). 

Einav Yarden has appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Rundfunk Chor, Minnesota Symphony, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bucharest Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Philharmonic of Trier, Jerusalem Symphony, Plovdiv Philharmonic, the Israel Symphony Rishon Le-Zion, under conductors Sir Neville Marriner, Aldo Ceccato, Leon Botstein, Stefan Blunier, Horia Andreescu, Mark Russell Smith, Simon Halsey, Mendi Rodan and others. 

Since 2012 she spends the summers in northern Chicago as one of the three collaborative pianists at the prestigious program for piano and strings of Ravinia Festival's Steans Music Institute. Her performances were broadcast on BBC (England), Deutsches Welle, WDR, Deutschlandradio Kultur (Germany), France Musique (France), WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), MPR (Minnesota), WBJC (Baltimore), CBC (Canada) and Israel’s Kol Hamusica. While living in Israel, Einav was a member of the country’s leading contemporary group, the Israeli Contemporary Players with whom she also appeared as a soloist. She continues to integrate contemporary and lesser known repertoire in her performances. 

A passionate chamber musician, and devotes herself regularly to collaborations with other musicians. She is now based in Berlin, Germany.

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Six Piano Sonatas (2016)

Haydn

Einav Yarden

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“Phantastic music, I love the Sturm und Drang style, the contrasting emotions, the whimsical. I myself like to hear this on a fortepiano because of the differences in nuance and colors it can give and I think the modern instrument lacks that, but this says nothing about how well this pianist is playing here, which is very good!”

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Six Piano Sonatas (2016)

Haydn

Einav Yarden

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Sonata no. 44 in F major, Hob. XVI/29 - Moderato
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Sonata no. 44 in F major, Hob. XVI/29 - Adagio
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Sonata no. 44 in F major, Hob. XVI/29 - Tempo di Menuet
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Sonata no. 39 in D major, Hob. XVI/24 - Allegro
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Sonata no. 39 in D major, Hob. XVI/24 - Adagio
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Sonata no. 39 in D major, Hob. XVI/24 - Finale. Presto
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Sonata no. 40 in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/25 - Moderato
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Sonata no. 40 in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/25 - Tempo di Menuet
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Sonata no. 41 in A major, Hob. XVI/26 - Allegro moderato
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Sonata no. 41 in A major, Hob. XVI/26 - Menuet al rovescio Trio (al rovescio)
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Sonata no. 41 in A major, Hob. XVI/26 - Finale. Presto
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Sonata no. 46 in E major, Hob. XVI/31 - Moderato
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Sonata no. 46 in E major, Hob. XVI/31 - Allegretto
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Sonata no. 46 in E major, Hob. XVI/31 - Finale. Presto
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Sonata no. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI/32 - Allegro moderato
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Sonata no. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI/32 - Menuet - Tempo di Menuet
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Sonata no. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI/32 - Finale - Presto
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