on 13 June 2012
A paid-up Haydn gladiator I am. Even so, sometimes the net and trident stay in the cupboard and here is one such instance.
The three Violin Concertos - early works - make weak tea seem like high-octane home-brew. The Violin and Fortepiano Concerto is a rival to Mendelssohn's First Symphony as the most insipid composition ever penned by a major composer. The C Major Cello Concerto has its moments of cleverness but memorable it ain't. Its sister in D Major is a masterpiece. This work aside, it is amazing that Haydn went on to become the composer that he did: nothing here predicates a comet.
These works receive the best possible advocacy - and gosh they need it - from the expert hands of Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Canino & Christine Walevska. No Hogwoodism mars proceedings. The analogue recordings are exemplary