June 12, 2014

Two weeks after finishing recording of the complete Haydn Piano Trios (40 pieces on eight CDs), I am finally having a moment to reflect on what it feels like to live with this music for five years. The conservatory-instilled veneration of “father of the symphony and string quartet,” has evolved into a deep appreciation of the man, who produced an astonishing variety of music, while often working within rather tight schedule in a suffocating eighteenth century European court environment (not to mention an unhappy marriage).

 

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