The Haydn Piano Sonatas
Scott Foglesong, piano


The Piano

The actual piano itself is a virtual 9" Hamburg Steinway, created with the product Ivory 1.5, from Synthogy. This is a beautifully sampled instrument (10 levels of sampling — the average digital piano is 4 levels), requiring quite a lot of computational power and storage space, but well worth the investment.

NOTE: as of December 2007 I am exploring the possibility of using the Yamaha Clavinova CLP 280's own sound in these recordings. Haydn Sonata No. 58 in C Major HXVI:48 is the first sonata to be recorded using the Clavinova's sound, together with a bit of light reverb.

The Keyboard Controller

The keyboard controller (i.e., the physical object that I'm actually playing) was originally a Yamaha P-90 Electronic Piano. None of its own sound was used in these recordings, however: it is used solely as the controller.

I have recently replaced the P-90 with a Yamaha Clavinova CLP 280, which has a superb action, including standard weighted wooden keys. All recordings made after mid-December 2007 will use this keyboard, and there's a strong possibility that it may provide the sound for the recordings from now on.

The Software
My software of choice is Logic Pro, from Apple. Logic contains every possible audio-MIDI-recording and editing tool I require for this kind of project. However, I have not done much in the way of "doctoring"; I use Ivory for the sound generation, and the wonderful Space Designer reverberation plug-in to create the sonic environment. Of course editing, re-takes, the occasional nip 'n' tuck here and there, is part of the process, but these are 'real' recordings, and not Frankenstein-monster-performances manufactured one MIDI message at a time.
The Recordings

The recordings are all in mp3 format, recorded at 160 kbps. You may play them directly in your web browser, or save them for later hearing if you prefer.

  • To play them directly in the web browser, just click on the link for each movement. The various browsers have different techniques for playing linked audio files -- some of them might bring up a blank page with the audio player embedded (typical of QuickTime), while others might have some kind of playback bar, or might launch a separate playback application such as Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player, WinAmp, etc.
  • To save them, right-click on the link for each movement, and select "Save linked fileas", or its equivalent wording in your browser.