Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Haydn, Joseph. (1732-1809) The Complete Symphonies. (The Hogwood edition) CD 9.

From my collection.
Gifted in 2013.
First listen: 3-12-2013.
Second listen: 15-3-2017.
Label: L'oiseau-Lyre.
CD 9 from 32.
Recording dates: March 1991.
Recording venue: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England.
Recording engineer: Not specifically mentioned.
Running time: 60:14.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Works performed:
Symphony No. 16 in B flat major. 1759-1760.
No 40 in F major. 1766-1767.
No. 72 in D major. 1779. "Mit Pauken und Trompeten".

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

A delightful presentation of three symphonies. It is hard to say that I liked this or that symphony more, for they all have their felicities. No weak moments and always full of surprises, like the second movement of No. 40, "Andante più tosto Allegretto". Quite impressive as written. And No. 72 is a marvel, every single movement holds so many creative turns, that one never stops admiring the music. A cosmos quite separate from the previous two symphonies.
The performances are spot on as is the recording.



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