Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Austrian composer Joseph Haydn was the key contributor to the development of the string quartet. Personally, I feel that music by Mozart and Beethoven would have developed quite differently had Haydn not pioneered this form of composition. On this CD, we get to listen to: Haydn: String Quartets Opp 54 and 55 As performed from the 1789 London edition published by Longman and Broderip. Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 1 in G major String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 2 in C major String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 3 in E major String Quartet, Op. 55 No. 1 in A major String Quartet, Op. 55 No. 2 in F minor ‘The Razor’ String Quartet, Op. 55 No. 3 in B major As performed by The London Haydn Quartet The six great quartets published in 1788 as Opp 54 and 55 are really amazing. The Observer wrote recently: “These period instrument players, whose very name declares their affinity for Haydn, excel in the latest in their Hyperion series. Ever spry in fast movements, faultless in dexterity and intonation, they find a special warmth of feeling in the slower moments…too many pleasures to enumerate. Try for yourself.” Here are some extracts from this lovely recording:
Aisslinn Nosky (violin), Handel and Haydn Society/Christophers (Coro)This is the third in the Boston-based Handel and Haydn’s Society’s live recordings of Haydn symphonies for Coro. Symphony No 8, Le Soir, joins their earlier recordings of Le Matin and Le Midi to complete the Esterházy trilogy of 1761. It follows the others in its concerto grosso pattern, with some fine solo work from all parts of the orchestra (and lovely, though uncredited, theorbo playing). Aisslinn Nosky makes us listen anew to the Violin Concerto in A major, and the wind section excels in the sophisticated Symphony No 84. Yet, while the quality of playing by this American musical institution is never in question nor the deftness of its direction, this disc never really gets the pulse racing. Continue reading...
CONDUCTING 07.08.17 – 12.08.17 COURSE REPERTOIRE: Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 91 Es-Major W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 40 g-minor KV 550 Thomas Larcher: Still for Viola and Chamber orchestra (2002) Each participant has to prepare all three works! The Master Class is destinated to young, but well prepared and developed conductors. Please send in a letter […]
INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING MASTERCLASS with Maestro MARTIN SIEGHART (Austria) 3-8 APRIL 2017. Czech Republic 6-day orchestral conducting masterclass with Maestro Martin Sieghart and the Symphony Orchestra of the North Bohemian Opera and Ballet Theatre. The masterclass will take place from 3rd to 8th April 2017 in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic. J. Haydn Symphony Nr. […]
London Haydn Quartet (Hyperion)Haydn wrote the six quartets of Opp 54 and 55 in 1788, by now a celebrated composer across Europe and still opera Kapellmeister at Esterházy. These period instrument players, whose very name declares their affinity for Haydn, excel in the latest in their Hyperion series. Ever spry in fast movements, faultless in dexterity and intonation, they find a special warmth of feeling in the slower moments: the songful Adagio Cantabile of Op 55 No 1, the puzzling, melancholy Andante of Op 55 No 2, the dark, hymn-like first bars of Op 54 No 2’s Adagio, out of which the violin soars in almost improvised, bluesy reverie. Too many pleasures to enumerate. Try for yourself. Continue reading...
Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg The spectacular possibilities of Hamburg’s new concert venue were celebrated in an imaginative opening concert Hamburg’s new concert hall is Germany’s latest austerity-defying architectural bobby-dazzler. But what about the music? How do you mark the opening of a lustrous new hall that is now, after all the arguments and the overspend, the pride of Hamburg? The conventional thing to do would be to programme a mighty work of the heavens — Beethoven’s Ninth, Haydn’s Creation, or maybe throw down the gauntlet with a specially commissioned new piece.Thomas Hengelbrock and his renamed NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester took a different approach for an opening night attended by German president Joachim Gauck, who made a speech, and chancellor Angela Merkel – back in her native city for the occasion – who didn’t. The opening ceremony interwove speeches and a tribute to Hamburg’s two native musical giants, Mendelssohn and Brahms, with the Roy Blas overture and the finale of the second symphony respectively. Continue reading...
Joseph Haydn (31 March 1732 - 31 May 1809) was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet" because of his important contributions to these forms. He was also instrumental in the development of the piano trio and in the evolution of sonata form. A life-long resident of Austria, Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Hungarian aristocratic Esterházy family on their remote estate. Isolated from other composers and trends in music until the later part of his long life, he was, as he put it, "forced to become original". At the time of his death, he was one of the most celebrated composers in Europe. Joseph Haydn was the brother of Michael Haydn, himself a highly regarded composer, and Johann Evangelist Haydn, a tenor. He was also a close friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a teacher of Ludwig van Beethoven.
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