Thursday, February 16, 2017

Haydn, Joseph. (1732-1809) The complete Symphonies. The Hogwood edition. CD 4.

From my collection.
Gifted to me in 2013.
First listen: 4-6-2013.
Second listen: 16-2-2017.
Label: Lóiseau-Lyre.
CD 4 from 32.
Recording dates: June 1991 & January 1992.
Recording venue: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England.
Recording engineer: Not specifically mentioned.
Running time: 54:21.
Classical relevance for me: Essential

Works performed:
Symphony No. 3-14-15.

Works performed by:
The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood.

The second listening session is going much better as the first. I have still some reservations about tempi and the sameness of all menuets in the symphonies, but on a whole I am more satisfied with the results as a whole.
All three symphonies on this disc are composed between 1759 and 1760, so they are stylistically in the same league. I certainly enjoy all three works, and sometimes Haydn adds something special in terms of melodies or fine harmonies. In this respect I found the "Andante moderato" of the third Symphony rather special, as well as the first, third and fourth movement of No. 15. When you are well on your way to musical slumberland, these movements will make you sit up again. It did with me. The recorded sound is generally good, but at certain moments the horns were a bit hooty. Something which happens rather often with the Decca engineers, in the named venue.




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