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HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 31 (Nos. 18, 19, 20, 21)

Composer(s):Haydn, Franz Joseph
Artist(s) Mallon, Kevin, Conductor • Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557657
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


The four symphonies included on this recording date from an early period of Haydn’s career, when he was experimenting with a newly developing form. Nos. 18-20 were written around 1759 when Haydn had his first steady employment as music director to Count Morzin. Symphony No. 21 in A major dates from circa 1761 when Haydn entered the service of the Esterházy family. Scored for oboes, horns, strings and continuo, all four works are characteristically inventive. Symphony No. 20 in C major, is unusually scored for additional trumpets and timpani.


Review By Geoff Bennett,Limelight Magazine,October 2006

The Naxos cycle of Haydn's symphonies has whirled us around the world, with orchestras from Bratislava, Hungary, Cologne, Sweden, Finland and the UK taking part. Volume 31 is the second in the series to feature a Canadian ensemble which draws its members from several of the city's major orchestras. The Toronto Chamber Orchestra have already made ten recordings for this label, focusing on a variety of 18th century repertoire, which they perform with freshness and panache, under the direction of their Irish-born conductor Kevin Mallon. Haydn's Symphonies Nos. 18-21 are fresh, inventive works. The first three were written around 1759, when Haydn was enjoying his first regular employment as music director to Count Morzin (he even threw additional trumpets and timpani



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