The recent sad death of John McCabe cannot be allowed to pass without a mention of his recording of the complete Haydn Piano Sonatas for Decca in the 1970s. His account has never been surpassed and probably never will be surpassed. If somebody had told me ten years ago that I would now listen to more Haydn than any other composer I would have laughed at them. Which just goes to show that my world and my music are never one and the same.
No review samples used in this post. Any copyrighted material is included as "fair use" for critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Also on Facebook and Twitter.
I recall being greatly puzzled by Stephen Kovacevich saying how much he disliked Haydn. His humour, he said, was like "...a person making jokes in Latin". Both have now passed, but at that time I counted among my closest friends an eminent historian of the Roman Empire and one of the foremost experts on Mediaeval Latin. Both were music lovers also, but neither could fathom what Kovacevich meant by this. It puzzles me still.