Sonata Hob. XV a – n. 1 in si bem magg. – Adagio cantabile
Sonata Hob. XV a – n. 1 in si bem magg. – Rondo (Allegro)
Sonata Hob. XV a – n. 2 in re maggiore – Allegro
Sonata Hob. XV a – n. 2 in re maggiore – Poco adagio
Sonata Hob. XV a – n. 2 in re maggiore – Rondo (Allegretto)
Sonata Hob. XV a – n. 3 in do maggiore – Allegro
Sonata Hob. XV a – n. 3 in do maggiore – Poco adagio
Sonata Hob. XV a – n. 3 in do maggiore – Finale (Rondo Allegretto)
Sonata in mi bemolle minore Hob. XV: 31 – Andante
Sonata in mi bemolle minore Hob. XV: 31 – Allegro (Jacob’s Dream)
Sonata in sol maggiore Hob. XV: 32 – Andante
Sonata in sol maggiore Hob. XV: 32 – Allegro
It’s known that in the Hoboken catalogue, except for Hob:32 – which has for a long time been considered as the sole authentic Sonata for violin and piano by Haydn and published in Vienna in 1794 by Artaria – there aren’t any further Sonatas for these instruments; this is a bit surprising since we are talking about the composer who has been acknowledged as the father of the string quartet. However Alberto Bologni and Giuseppe Modugno have discovered within the archives of the Civico Museo Bibliografico in Bologna, the copy of a printed edition dating to the early 1800s which supposedly includes three other Sonatas, i.e. XVa. Among these, the entire Sonata in C major had been performed by the well-known Italian violinist Sandro Materassi together with his friend Luigi Dallapiccola. Remarkable in the fact that both of the final concerts he performed in his career opened with the Sonata in C.
Let’s leave the musicologists to any discussions, we should just enjoy this delightful music which is enhanced by the extraordinary instruments which have been used for this recording: an original fortepiano Johann Schantz dated from 1815 (which was considered as the “Stradivari” among fortepianos in Vienna during the 19th century and even Franz Joseph Haydn was fond of such precious instrument) and a beautiful violin Santo Serafino dated from 1734. The recording is well performed by two excellent artists, Giuseppe Modugno and Alberto Bologni, who give us moments of really great music.
Artwork: Gianluca Corona, Listen to me, 2008, oil on wood