Reinhard Becker plays works by Joseph Haydn

This is probably Reinhard Becker’s last recording on the C. Bechstein concert grand EN at Trossingen University of Music: in the summer of 2011, the institution acquired a new, colourful and melodious C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand. With this recording from 2009, however, Becker shows that the D grand’s forerunner was already suited to interpreting the works of Haydn with great subtlety and clarity.

Becker’s recording for the Canadian label Maple Grove (RB 11025) includes Andante con Variazioni in F minor and the sonatas no. 33 and 59 to 61. This CD demonstrates that the former pupil of Hans Kann and Hans Leygraf – today an extremely successful piano teacher himself – has long devoted himself to Haydn. The interpretations seem completely natural; nothing comes across as exaggerated and yet everything is articulated immaculately. Reinhard Becker definitely has something to say when it comes to interpreting Joseph Haydn, whose “singing and speaking” style he renders perfectly.