Harald Hoeren (organ)
Ketil Haugsand (harpsichord)
Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Helmut Müller-Brühl
Joseph Haydn’s concertos for keyboard instruments contain some of his most personable and readily enjoyable music.
Their lively fast movements framing lyrical Andantes, Adagios and Largos, never fail to delight with their unaffected virtuosity and galant charm.
Composed at a crucial juncture in the keyboard concerto’s development as a popular genre, Haydn’s contributions recall comparable works by Baroque masters such as Handel, match the Rococo grace of J. C. Bach, and occasionally point towards the larger-scale Classical piano concertos of Mozart.
“Ketil Haugsand, a Norwegian harpsichordist with considerable experience on the European early-music scene….[plays] music that blossoms with performances of sensuous elegance… very appealing.”
The New York Times