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HAYDN, J.: Symphonies, Vol. 34 (Nos. 62, 107, 108 / La vera costanza: Overture / Lo speziale: Overture) (Mallon)

Composer(s):Haydn, Franz Joseph
Artist(s) Mallon, Kevin, Conductor • Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572130
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This final volume of the Haydn complete symphonies features the beautifully crafted and dramatic Symphony No. 62, one of the relatively unknown middle period symphonies composed around 1780 at Eszterháza when Haydn, increasingly busy with theatrical activities, often adapted his stage works into symphonies. The Symphonies later numbered Nos. 107 and 108 are in fact early works, dating from the 1750s before Haydn joined the Esterházy establishment. Both are scored for pairs of oboes and horns with strings and harpsichord continuo.


Review By John Terauds,Toronto Star,January 2009

As we mark the 200th anniversary of Franz Josef Haydn's death, Budget label Naxos caps its symphony series with three sunny, major-key efforts in a major key, as well as two opera overtures. The modern-instrument Toronto Chamber Orchestra—which we never get to hear live—has made several Naxos recordings, all notable for their limpid sound. It's as if Kevin Mallon were shining a bright light on Haydn's impeccably sketched musical proportions. The effect is brilliant for its clarity…An unexpected treat is the nearly forgotten “Symphony A”.

Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,November 2008

For those of us used to the Haydn canon consisting of 104 symphonies, this disc is news, bumping the tally up to 108! The notes tell us that the last two in this group are early works that predate Haydn's employment at Esterhaza. The others are designated as Symphonies A and B—all somewhat confusing. No matter: the music is typical and lovely Haydn, and Maestro Mallon certainly has a way with this repertoire. This album is also CD No.22 in the just-released 25 CD set of the complete symphonies, one of the greatest bargains in recorded music history.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,October 2008

Having last month preempted the conclusion of Naxos’s cycle of Haydn symphonies, I can now, with absolute certainty, describe this as the final installment. It contains just the Sixty-second from Haydn’s originally published symphonic opus, plus two early works that were later given the numbers of 107 and 108, and probably date from the late 1750s when the composer was still in his twenties. He was at the time in the service of Count Morzin and would have had a limited number of musicians at his disposal. Tuneful, but stylistically simple, they were for pairs of oboes and horns, strings and harpsichord continuo. The first, which is in three short movements, opens with a horn motif in hunting mood, and a feeling of drama pervades the symphony. The attraction of the



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