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Haydn: Symphonies Nos 60 & 91 / Orpheus CO


Release Date: 04/10/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 437783   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The outstanding quality of the performances is complemented by an exemplary recording, clear, natural and immediate.

If you have a lurking feeling that conductors are often redundant or even, as the violinist Carl Flesch once averred, imposters, the co-operative Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will fan your suspicions. Here, as in their previous Haydn discs, they combine a rare precision of ensemble and a minute attention to rhythmic detail with a vivid sense of character, an infectious delight in the wit and sheer unpredictability of the composer's invention. And throughout you get a real sense of the players listening closely to one another, like true chamber musicians. They clearly relish the drolerie, waywardness and
Read more manic energy of the six-movement Il distratto, though they never overplay the moments of slapstick humour. In the opening movement you immediately admire the lithe, athletic strings, devoid of excess vibrato, the transparent textures (wind and brass detail invariably telling), the balance of eager, highly strung detail with a splendid symphonic sweep. And if the plainsong melody of the Adagio fifth movement could be more hushed, the Orpheus players show phenomenal verve and accuracy in the furious C minor Presto, with each semiquaver distinctly audible for the first time in my experience.

The harpsichord continuo used in No. 60 is, quite reasonably, omitted in No. 91, with its far richer woodwind scoring. This is one of the trio of symphonies Haydn wrote in 1788 for a massive Parisian orchestra boasting 40 violins—though its style and layout clearly suggest that Haydn composed with his more modest Esterhazy forces in mind. The marvellous opening Allegro is rhythmically crisp and elegantly phrased, contrapuntal detail ideally lucid, the tonally fluid second subject (2'18''ff) shaped with a nice touch of flexibility. There are witty and poetic touches of timing, too, in the springing, delicately articulated Andante and in the lilting Landler trio. Only the finale brings reservations, with the players' virtuosity tempting them to a headlong speed: a brilliant performance, to be sure, but one that leaves little room for warmth or subtlety—both Dorati in his complete cycle and Kuijken's period-instrument version find richer meaning in this movement. As so often with discs from this source, the playing time is hardly lavish—why not three symphonies? Still, the powerful overture to Haydn's last Esterhazy opera, sandwiched between the symphonies, receives a compelling, high-voltage reading, if a bit short on sensuous allure in the central section depicting Armida's enchanted forest. The outstanding quality of the performances is complemented by an exemplary recording, clear, natural and immediate.


-- Richard Wigmore, Gramophone (12/1993)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 60 in C major, H 1 no 60 "Il distratto" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1774; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 03/1992 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 25 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Armida, H 28 no 12: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 03/1992 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 91 in E flat major, H 1 no 91 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 03/1992 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 23 Minutes 41 Secs. 

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