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Tuesday, February 21, 2017


My Classical Notes

January 28

Return to Haydn Quartets

My Classical NotesAustrian 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:

Guardian

February 5

Haydn: Symphonies 8 & 84, Violin Concerto in A major CD – review

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...






Joseph Haydn
(1732 – 1809)

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".[5] 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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