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Haydn 250th Birthday Celebration

Ronald Farren-Price performs three major Haydn works.

Acclaimed pianist Ronald Farren-Price plays the Sonata in E minor, Sonata in C minor and Variations in F minor as he performed them at a recital to mark Hatdn's 250th birthday in 1982.

"The opening E minor sonata was highly arresting in its threatening elegance. Farren-Price seemed hardly to falter in this glittering work; his technique was well matched to the built-in passion of the score." Melbourne Age

"... able to convey many of the wonders of these rarely heard works." Melbourne Herald


Ronald Farren-Price

Ronald Farren-Price "... a sensitive artist and a virtuoso of top rank ... he demonstrated a perfect balance between the sound and the expression of the music ... definitely a pianist of great distinction."

Press quote

“While the convincing piano sound is a function of the recording engineers, the startling clarity of the music is simply the result of Farren-Price being immersed in that, and not in the technicalities of how to play it. I wish this fine recording a long and distinguished life, bringing to music lovers all over the world the same delight and satisfaction it has brought to me.”

— Arthur Burrage, ABC Classic FM

Track Listing

    Sonata in E minor No. 53, Hob. XVI:34 Franz Joseph Haydn

  1. Presto
  2. Adagio
  3. Vivace molto - innocentemente
  4. Sonata in C minor No. 33, Hob. XVI:20 Franz Joseph Haydn

  5. Moderato
  6. Andante con moto
  7. Finale - Allegro
  8. Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII:6 Franz Joseph Haydn



Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet" because of his important contributions to these forms.

Where to buy

Haydn 250th Birthday Celebration can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’ and Readings.

Product details

List price
$20.00 AUD
Release date
© 1982 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
℗ 1982 Move Records
Catalogue number
MD 3047
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574304725