Boyan Vodenitcharov fortepiano, François Fernandez violin, Rainer Zipplering cello
Hob. XV:10, 18, 21 & 23
These delightful performances of four witty works by Haydn were recorded in 2005. The interplay between the three musicians (even though the cellist does little more than reinforce the bass line – and sustain it when necessary, of course) is excellent – listen to the unisono opening to Track 7, and then contrast it with the snippets of melody tossed back and forth between the violin and the right hand of the keyboard part. The recording is lively and captures all the excitement. Like other reviewers, I am slightly frustrated by Flora’s minimal notes (here restricted to a lengthy quotation – only in German – from the composer himself) but, as I have written before, sometimes the music (and this line-up’s contagious enjoyment of it) should simply speak for itself; if I need more information, I can always read a book!