Sally Whitwell - Piano Sonata in E-flat major, Hob.XVI:49 - II. Adagio e cantabile
Joseph Haydn’s Piano Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:49 - II. Adagio e cantabile. Performed by Sally Whitwell.
The least popular track from my album The Good, the Bad and the Awkward. I knew it wouldn’t sell, but I honestly couldn’t neglect to pay tribute to one of my favourite movie/literary vampires, Lestat from Interview with the Vampire, so here it is. I also happen to think Haydn is seriously underrated.
From the digital album booklet…
"That other pianist vampire Lestat de Lioncourt from the 1993 film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is fond of classical period ‘strum und drang’ works, but in a predictably Hollywood fashion prefers the sturm-y sections of the works to any contrasting peacefulness in the music. Haydn’s Sonata in Eb Major Hob XVI; 49 Adagio e cantabile is a case in point; during the film he uses that stormy excerpt purely to emphasise his point during arguments, playing and arguing simultaneously in a miracle of multitasking. So immoral, but so cultured that I almost forgive him!”