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HAYDN, J.: Concertos for 2 lire organizzate, Hob.VIIh:1-5 (Cologne Chamber, Muller-Bruhl)

Composer(s):Haydn, Franz Joseph
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.570481
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Joseph Haydn’s five Concertos for two lire organizzate were written in 1786-7 for King Ferdinand IV of Naples whose favourite instrument was the now obsolete lira organizzata , a fascinating hybrid resembling a hurdy gurdy, often heard in the city’s streets, crossed with a small chamber organ. However, as here, these concertos were also performed with flutes, recorders and oboe as solo instruments instead, losing none of their charming vitality thereby. Like so many of Haydn’s concertos they deserve revival, especially in the hands of these outstanding artists.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2009

Composed around 1786, the disc is a perfect example of Haydn’s commercial instincts, the series of concertos for King Ferdinand of Naples, being for Lire Organizzate, a hybrid that brought together a chamber organ and the popular hurdy-gurdy. He would have composed the normal group of six concertos, though only the five here recorded now remain. Without a surviving instrument, they are here performed by various permutations of recorders, flutes and oboe as soloists, though I doubt that it really matters who plays them as I guess the composer would not have been interested. Scored for orchestra comprising strings and two horns, they are the product of a competent kapellmeister of the time, and though the choice of instruments for this recording brings a nice



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