The B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra, conductor, Adrian Boult : Overture, Ruy Bias (Mendelssohn)
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Julius Prtiwer : Emperor Waltz (Johann Strauss )
The London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham : Suite, The Fair Maid of Perth (Bizet)—I. Prelude; 2. Aubade ; 3. Gypsy Dance
MIRIAM LICETTE (soprano)
SHEPHERD MUNN (pianoforte)
Haydn's pianoforte sonatas do not rank with his most important works, and they vary a good deal in value. Nevertheless they abound in fine music and are marked clearly with the composer's characteristic style-his preference for simplification as against contrapuntal complexity; the good humour and gaiety he was always able to put into his compositions whenever he pleased, and his very rich store of Haydnesque melody.
Schumann, one of Chopin's earliest and greatest admirers, reviewed this scherzo in the following terms : ' It is so overflowing with tenderness, boldness, love, and contempt/that it may be compared, not inappropriately, to a Byron poem '. That is an odd application of the word scherzo, which merely means ' a jest', but Schumann's description is after all a reasonable and decidedly intelligent one.
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