Day 145: More Riko (Woo-Hoo!)

HaydnCD145Today’s performer is, once again, Riko Fukuda on fortepiano.

From her web site:

RIKO FUKUDA studied piano and oboe at the Toho-Gakuën conservatory in Japan. A grant from the Dutch government enabled her to study with Stanley Hoogland at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she specialised in fortepiano. Her solo recordings of works by Pinto and Dussek on the Olympia label have met with great acclaim, and in 2001 she released two CDs with piano sonatas of Haydn on Brilliant Classics.

Yes, she did. I’m listening to one of them now. And it’s very good.

Riko’s playing is remarkable for its expressiveness and delicate, yet nimble, touch.

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Day 144: The Brilliance of Riko Fukuda

HaydnCD144Today brings the following:

1. More snow, ice, and high winds,

2. A new performer,

3. Spectacular piano sonatas.

Can’t say much for #1.

It’s been that kind of winter in these parts.

I can say a great deal about #2 and #3.

Today’s performer is Riko Fukuda on fortepiano.

From her web site:

RIKO FUKUDA studied piano and oboe at the Toho-Gakuën conservatory in Japan. A grant from the Dutch government enabled her to study with Stanley Hoogland at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she specialised in fortepiano. Her solo recordings of works by Pinto and Dussek on the Olympia label have met with great acclaim, and in 2001 she released two CDs with piano sonatas of Haydn on Brilliant Classics.

Yes, she did. I’m listening to one of them now. And it’s very good.

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Day 140: A Trip to the Dentist (For Me, Not Haydn)

HaydnCD140A new day, a new performer on the fortepiano.

His name is Stanley Hoogland.

I don’t know anything about him.

But I’ll let my fingers do the Googling to find out.

Apparently, he has his own web site, which is a good thing these days. From his site:

Stanley Hoogland was one of the first pianists to take an interest in the fortepiano, which gave rise to a series of recordings made in the early seventies with such artists as Anner Bylsma and Vera Beths.

As a soloist and chamber musician he has been performing all over the world and he has been a guest of many festivals.

For recordings and concerts he often uses period instruments of his own collection and as a player of the modern piano, he does not limit himself to any fixed period in music history.

Very cool.

And so are these piano sonatas.

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Day 137: Burt van Oort Rocks!

HaydnCD137Today’s CD features five more exquisite Piano Sonatas performed by Burt van Oort on fortepiano.

My feelings about this music are the same today as they were yesterday.

In other words, I really don’t have much to say about these compositions other than “FAVORITE!” and “Do yourself a favor and listen to them!”

They are remarkable.

I’m not sure any tracks are standouts this time, though. They’re all about equal, for different reasons. The fast ones are lightning fast. The slow ones are poignant and melodic.

Mr. van Oort’s fingers are more nimble than mine will ever be. The sheet music must have been black with notes, especially those really fast notes. What are they called? I don’t know. Here’s what they look like:

HaydnSheetMusic
The fleet-fingered performer: Continue reading

Day 136: Is “Awesome” Too Lame a Word For This?

HaydnCD136Today’s CD features five exquisite Piano Sonatas performed by Burt van Oort on fortepiano.

I really don’t have much to say about these pieces other than “FAVORITE!” and “Do yourself a favor and listen to them!”

These are remarkable.

Standout tracks for me: #1, #4, #11 (astounding!).

Performer:
Burt van Oort fortepiano

What I listened to: Continue reading