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Haydn: Symphonies Vol. 34

Joseph Haydn , Toronto Chamber Orchestra , Kevin Mallon Audio CD

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1. Symphony No. 62 in D major - Joseph Haydn
2. Symphony in B flat major, Hob.I:107 (Sinfonia 'A')
3. Symphony in B flat major, Hob.I:108 (Sinfonia 'B')
4. Overture: La vera costanza, Hob.Ia:15
5. Overture: Lo speziale, Hob.Ia:10

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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 Eszterhàza 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 Esterhàzy establishment. Both are scored for pairs of oboes and horns with strings and harpsichord continuo.

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Symphonie n°62 - Symphonie A - Symphonie B - Ouvertures de La vera costanza & Lo speziale / Orchestre de Chambre de Toronto - Kevin Mallon, direction

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4.0 out of 5 stars Last Release of Haydn Symphonies on Naxos 12 Nov 2008
By JohnL - Published on
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Yes, this is the last installment of Haydn Symphonies released on Naxos, the budget classical CD leader, as I see that Naxos is just releasing the complete set of Haydn Symphonies on 34 CDs, just in time for the 200th anniversary of the great composer's death in 2009. It is commonly accepted that Haydn penned 106 symphonies in total. Then why, you might ask, does this Vol. 34 include Symphonies 107 and 108? Well, number 105 is actually more commonly known as the Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello, oboe, bassoon & orchestra. Number 106 is only in one part, so it is not a complete symphony. Numbers 107 and 108 (also known as "A" and "B") were actually written early in Haydn's symphony output, somewhere between 1762 and 1765. So, if the Haydn Symphonies were re-numbered entirely chronologically, then these two would be numbered somewhere between 1 and 25. Number 62 was written later, by 1781. This trio of works is nicely recorded here on Naxos by the Toronto Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Kevin Mallon. The tempos are well-chosen, with nice digital sound captured by the Naxos people. As a bonus, the CD also contains two overtures: La vera costanza and Lo speziale, which are multi-movement works similar to a symphony or suite. The only drawback is the harpsichord continuo throughout, which is too prominent, especially in the quieter passages. But this is a matter of personal taste I suppose, as many realists would claim that the harpsichord is part of the original score in each work. All in all, this is a decent disc to wrap up Haydn's great orchestral works on Naxos.
5.0 out of 5 stars This last installment was one of the best 21 Aug 2013
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In complete contrast to the taste of the other review by John, I think this one was one of the best, especially that the harpsichord continuo was coming through nice and strong here. Unfortunately many other instalments in the Naxos series actually do away with continuo altogether. That's ok if it's to the taste of the ear accustomed to the Romantic and 20th century sound, but it's certainly not to my taste, and it isn't particularly authentic to either leave it out or drive it down to low volume so that it's barely detected. It should be noted that even in Haydn's very last symphonies he is well known to have directed the orchestra from the harpsichord continuo. Any good reasonably authentic recording should try and retain this aspect of performance practice. Other Naxos instalments that I was also very impressed by because they were performed in a very same sort of manner to this final instalment were volumes 6, 7, 23, 26 and 28.

The only small criticism I had with this volume was that I thought that the tempo of the slow minor-key movement of symphony No 108 (symphony B) was too rushed compared to what I'm at least used to. The slow movement of No 107 was a little rushed as well. But this I felt was not enough to give this excellent recording less than 5 stars.
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