BN.com Gift Guide

Unexpected Encounters: A Selection of Piano Sonatas by Joseph Haydn

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The wildly revisionist recordings of American pianist Tzimon Barto born Johnny Smith provide the mainstream classical piano repertory with a salutary jolt. Whether he's playing Rameau, Ravel, or now a group of keyboard sonatas of Haydn, he revels in ultra-detailed readings Barto marks up scores with interpretive directions at the micro level and refuses to perform from memory with extreme dynamic contrasts, carefully controlled gradations of dynamics and articulation, and an overall willingness to place the dictates of expression above any concept of authentic performance or even fealty to what's in the score. Barto, who has added bodybuilding, command of eight languages,...
See more details below
CD
$16.14
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$16.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $10.32   
  • New (5) from $10.32   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The wildly revisionist recordings of American pianist Tzimon Barto born Johnny Smith provide the mainstream classical piano repertory with a salutary jolt. Whether he's playing Rameau, Ravel, or now a group of keyboard sonatas of Haydn, he revels in ultra-detailed readings Barto marks up scores with interpretive directions at the micro level and refuses to perform from memory with extreme dynamic contrasts, carefully controlled gradations of dynamics and articulation, and an overall willingness to place the dictates of expression above any concept of authentic performance or even fealty to what's in the score. Barto, who has added bodybuilding, command of eight languages, composition of several thousand poems he plans to engrave on stone slabs, and a bout with crack cocaine addiction to an impressive résumé, might be considered a somewhat less Romantic-oriented and less overtly flamboyant relative of Ivo Pogorelich, but his music-making is no less extreme. The Haydn sonatas here make the listener gasp, and at times likely laugh out loud, at the sheer unexpectedness of the events in the music. No repeat is safe from Barto's sudden accents; no cadential pattern exempt from a sudden intense focus on its significance; no limpidly playful finale like that of the "Piano Sonata No. 42 in G major, Hob. 16/27," is off limits for a high concept. Barto's recordings of the late 2000s, for the Finnish label Ondine, which are beautifully recorded, have brought him admirers on both sides of the Atlantic. This one, devoted to a composer who, despite his boisterous personality, lived in a decorous time and depended on decorousness and balance to make his jokes work, is perhaps not quite so successful as the others, and nobody should pick it out as a first choice for Haydn's sonatas. It is unlikely, however, to disappoint Barto's growing body of fans, for like Barto's other work, it leaves the listener with the feeling of never having heard the music at all.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/2009
  • Label: Ondine
  • UPC: 761195115428
  • Catalog Number: 1154-2
  • Sales rank: 252,261

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Keyboard Sonata in C major, H. 16/1 (probably spurious) - Tzimon Barto & Franz Joseph Haydn (14:51)
  2. 4–6 Keyboard Sonata in F major, H. 16/23 - Tzimon Barto & Franz Joseph Haydn (22:32)
  3. 7–9 Keyboard Sonata in G major, H. 16/27 - Tzimon Barto & Franz Joseph Haydn (17:03)
  4. 10–12 Keyboard Sonata in C major, H. 16/50 - Tzimon Barto & Franz Joseph Haydn (22:49)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tzimon Barto Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously