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HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 32 (Nos. 9, 10, 11, 12)

Composer(s):Haydn, Franz Joseph
Artist(s) Gallois, Patrick, Conductor • Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557771
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Although the four symphonies included on this recording date from early in Haydn’s career and from the beginnings of the classical symphony, he was already a mature musician who had entered the service of the Esterházy family as Vize-Kapellmeister and approached each new attempt at writing a symphony as an experiment in form and scoring. Symphony No. 9, more an overture than a symphony in form, concludes with a Minuet and Trio, Symphonies Nos. 10 and 12 dispense with the customary minuet, while Symphony No. 11, written in the older style of a sonata da chiesa, opens with an Adagio cantabile scored for horns, strings and continuo.


   




Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Naxos are now beginning to explore the early Haydn symphonies, and these are lively, spontaneous performances from Gallois on modern instruments, only slightly marred by the recording which, though full and warm, could be slightly sharper in detail. The fast string passages are especially vivacious and enjoyable, and this CD is well-worth the asking price.




Review By David Denton, Naxos,October 2007

We may search too deeply into the background of Haydn's early symphonies and come up with the wrong conclusions. For a start the numbering of the four works on this disc is misleading, the earliest composed being numbers 10 and 11, with the ninth coming two years later and the twelfth the year following in 1763. Indeed the ninth, in its three movement format, was possibly an overture of some kind and never intended as a symphony. It was a period in Haydn's life when he was in 'safe' employment and he could experiment in the format of symphonies, though he had still to discover the ability to create memorable thematic material. The result is music that is no more important than much composed by competent kapellmeisters of the time. The scoring is mainly for the conventional pairs of

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