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HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 29 (Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Composer(s):Haydn, Franz Joseph
Artist(s) Gallois, Patrick, Conductor • Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557571
Label Naxos
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That the symphony may claim to have become the most important form of orchestral composition owes a great deal to Haydn’s refinement of the genre over a period of almost 40 years. His first such works were composed at the age of 25, while his last symphonies for London were written in the final decade of the eighteenth century. The five early and relatively simple symphonies included in this recording are scored for pairs of oboes and horns, and strings, with a bassoon doubling the continuo bass line.


Review By Peter Branscombe,Early Music America,December 2005

The latest volume in the Naxos series takes us back to the very beginnings of the classical symphony with Haydn�s earliest essays in the medium, where each new attempt was in the nature of an experiment � a sense certainty brought out in these discerning, affectionate readings. The accompanying folder (English and German) has brief notes on the works and their performers; the recording has plenty of presence. Stylish playing, with poise and vigour � and a lively, occasionally over-busy realization of the harpsichord continuo from Irina Zahharenkova. Patrick Gallois secures alert and sensitive playing from the Sinfonia Finlandia, though the strings are stretched in the scurrying figuration to a valuable series.


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