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Haydn - Scottish Songs Vol. 2 Box set

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  • Conductor: n/a
  • Composer: Joseph Haydn
  • Audio CD (30 May 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B0009OALII
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Scottish Songs - Various Performers

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Ward on 23 Feb. 2006
Haydn arranged (perhaps harmonised might be another term) some 400 of the melodies George Thomson sent to him. Amazingly, he never had titles or words, just the tunes and (sometimes) a short description of the piece, so these are not linked to an interpretation of the words.
Thae poetry is a mixture: it is folksong, although some is a bit highfalutin - there are traditional dialect songs, romantic verse, and some pretty slight or sentimental numbers. If you don't like traditional Scots song, then these are not for you.

How Haydn did it, and turned out something that fits the song, baffles me.
His settings are very easy on the ear, and are given a splendid performance by Lorna Anderson & Jamie Macdougall. The Haydn Trio Eisenstadt provide an excellent, even, lively accompaniment.
Volume 1 was just 1 CD: this is Vol 2 and is 4 CDs, containing 91 songs (about 280 minutes!) with a booklet containing an useful essay and ALL the words.
The soloist's diction is in any case excellent.
Of course, it is all a bit concentrated - even 1 CD is a lot of Scots songs - and I suspect that if you listened to all 4 in one go you'd have a wee touch o' the dialect afterwards.
Many thanks to Brilliant Classics for this venture - splendid stuff!
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I love the songs, the composer and the performers. So I'm delighted to have bought all four volumes. Hours of happy listening ahead.
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Disappointment 17 Oct. 2007
By Dufay - Published on Amazon.com
I love these songs, and it is very interesting to compare the Burns songs that Haydn set wtih more traditional folk settings. However, these CD sets (4 in total) are disappointing. I am not sure if it's the balance between voice and instruments, but one can barely understand any words from Lorna Anderson. Her voice is thin, and tends to be shrill in the higher register. Jamie McDougall is much more successful in projecting and making the words understood. This series would have been much more interesting and successful if the singers varied- as in the Beethoven set of folk songs.
Charming 4 Jun. 2014
By ACW - Published on Amazon.com
Charming and inventive arrangements (as you might expect from Haydn); voices well-matched, and well-suited to the settings; excellent support from the Hadyn Trio Eisenstardt.

A wonderful collection.
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