The pianist Roman Rabinovich has recorded all of Haydn’s piano sonatas in a new series for First Hand Records, with the first volume set for release in November. A great champion of Haydn’s music, his explorations of the keyboard sonatas have included a 42-sonata cycle at The Bath Festival and partial cycles at Lammermuir Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland and the Israel Conservatory of Music.
Rabinovich has earned a reputation for bringing Haydn’s often-neglected keyboard works to life, praised by The New York Times for “admirable interpretations, performed with a rich, full-blooded sound, singing lines and witty dexterity” (Vivien Schweitzer, April 2016). This first volume includes two CDs featuring Piano Sonatas Nos. 36, 32, 29, 52 and 47, as well as Divertimento in E-flat.
A composer and visual artist as well as pianist, Rabinovich often includes his own music and artwork in recitals. This new series of recordings features an accompanying set of Rabinovich’s drawings inspired by Haydn’s music and imagining the composer engaged in different pursuits, such as humorously sharing a pint.
Rabinovich speaks about the process of immersing himself in Haydn’s music in this short film, made during his cycle at The Bath Festival earlier this year: https://youtu.be/BPubTEO2IEk