Even as a lover of Haydn I have to admit that his violin concertos aren't among his greatest works. Nevertheless, he was incapable of writing poor or dull music and while these may not have the brilliance and profundity of his trumpet or cello concerti, this is still a terrifically enjoyable disc.
These are early works which already show the grace, charm and wit which became such a hallmark of Haydn. There are signs, too, of developing depth, but the dominant sense here is of sheer enjoyment of music which Carmignola brings out fully. He and the small orchestra give terrific performances full of understanding, thought and real zip when appropriate. The recording is excellent and the whole thing has a delightful feel to it.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable disc in every way and I heartily recommend it.