Haydn Keyboard Sonatas vol.4

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Geoffrey Lancaster - fortepiano

Tall Poppies and fortepianist Geoffrey Lancaster continue to journey through Joseph Haydn's complete keyboard sonatas. Lancaster presented the complete cycle of 52 sonatas in concert in Melbourne, Perth and Canberra to mark the Haydn Bicentenary in 2009, and has been recording the works using period instruments from public and private Australian collections. He is currently Professor of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University.

Critically acclaimed as 'a genius of the fortepiano', Dr Lancaster is one of Australia's most distinguished keyboardists and was the first Australian to win a major international keyboard competition. His honours include the ARIA Best Classical Album, Gramophone Best Recording, the Sounds Australian Award, the Order of Australia, the Order of Arts and Letters, and ACT Australian of the Year.

This series reveals the genius of Haydn. Lancaster plays with amiable virtuosity, embellishing as he goes, and finding all the latent humour and passion in these magnificent sonatas. His historically-informed performances bring clarity, originality, and insightful musical understanding to these works, the fortepianos responding with gusto to the drama and emotion in the music.

All of the covers for this series feature paintings by Australia’s great painter, Fred Williams (with kind permission of Lyn Williams and the Estate of Fred Williams), giving this series a uniquely Australian flavour.


Prelude in C major
Joseph Haydn Sonata No. 60 in C major (Hob. XVI:50)
Prelude in D major
Joseph Haydn Sonata in No. 61 in D major (Hob. XVI:51)
Prelude in E-flat major
Joseph Haydn Sonata No. 62 in E-flat major (Hob. XVI:52)