Monday, March 13, 2017

Haydn, Joseph. (1732-1809) The Complete Symphonies. CD 8. The Hogwood Edition.

From my collection.
Gifted to me: 2013.
First listen: 13-11-2013.
Second listen: 13-3-2017.
Label: L'oiseau-Lyre.
CD 8 from 32.
Recording dates:  April 1990 &  March 1991.
Recording venue: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England.
Recording engineer: Not specifically mentioned.
Running time: 52:27.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Works performed:
Symphony No. 9/12/13.

Performed by: 
Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood.

Another instalment from this box and as pleasant as all the others. A constant level of high quality performance, and so well articulated throughout. There is absolutely nothing that escapes Hogwood in the performance, because he knew exactly where to go and what to do. No doubt his knowledge of the scores was exemplary. Actually it's quite clear that his insight is unique, for there is no performance around that I know, that gets better to the heart of Haydn's symphonies.
Symphony No. 9 and 12 are prime examples of how easy it was for Haydn to produce upbeat works that improve your mood in an instant. No 13 stands out for me on this CD for it's beautiful introduction in the Allegro molto with some ravishing string playing, then going into Adagio cantabile with a solo for cello that last as long as the movement itself. He knew exactly how to charm your ears, for the third movement is graced with a Flute that has a solo part, also quite gripping in its projection of the melody line. Winds are great throughout this symphony.
Recording is good, performance leaves nothing to be desired.




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