Date of purchase: April 2013. (Gifted by a friend)
First listen: 8-4-2014.
Second listen: 14-7-2017.
CD 16 from 32.
Recording dates: June 1989 & November 1992.
Recording venue: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England.
Recording engineer: Not specifically named.
Running time: 48:49.
Relevance to me: Essential.
Symphony No 26 in D minor. "Lamentione".
No 42 in D major.
Works performed by:
Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood.
Every single CD in this set is a treat, in every sense. Not a morsel is lost by this orchestra and conductor. Together they create what could well be the best set of these symphonies around. Listening to the 26th symphony one might well think to be in walhalla. This work is probably one of the best Haydn wrote in the minor key. It is a dream from beginning to end, and simply beautifully conceived. Especially the first two movements are heart rendering. To sustain such quality in the the second movement is amazing. This melody goes on like a perpetuum mobile, and shows an endless flow of the genius Haydn represents. Hogwood leaves plenty of room for the music to breath, yet it sings with a brisk pace. Nothing derails the flow of the basic pulse. There is a elegance in his approach that tells you of a unfailingly imaginative control of the music.
No 42 is of a different character, and it takes some time before the Adagio of the 26th symphony is out of your head. This works exudes confidence, with no great contrast of dynamics, but it has an infectious lilt to it. It is refreshingly animated, and tells of a composer that is able to compose reflective music at will, and navigates in a sublime way through what he has to say. There is some fine string writing, and it has an rhythmically invigorating pulse.
The recording is good as always, and the performance leaves no wishes open.