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Leon McCawley’s Haydn Piano Sonatas in International Piano

A second “sparkling” review for Leon McCawley and his Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Volume Two; this time in International Piano Magazine:

“There is an abundance of joy in McCawley’s sparkling acciaccaturas of the D major Sonata (No 59), maxilmally contrasted with the central Largo e sostenuto, a dignified post-Baroque sarabande. He is expert at finding underlying depth in apparent naiveté, such as in the G major (No 54), where Haydn’s extended explorations emerge naturally, the finale an explosion of energy, stunningly articulated. … McCawley is at his finest… grand and impressive. Somm’s recording captures every nuance. … Great joy awaits within.”

—Colin Clarke, International Piano