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Haydn: Violin Concertos No 1, 3 & 4 / Hadelich, Müller-Brühl, Cologne CO


Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570483   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Augustin Hadelich
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are fine recordings of Haydn's Violin Concertos by the likes of Arthur Grumiaux and Christian Tetzlaff, among others. Here's another that belongs in their company, and at budget price, too. Augustin Hadelich is a Juilliard prize-winner who brings youthful élan to the three authenticated Haydn violin concertos, adding his own apt cadenzas to them as well. They're early works, dating from the 1760s during Haydn's service for the Esterházy court. Likely written for performance by the noted virtuoso Luigi Tomasini, they're lovely pieces with ample showiness in double-stopping episodes and spirited passagework.

The C major concerto is especially notable for its sprightly outer movements flanking an exquisite
Read more Adagio, sweetly sung by Hadelich, who plays it with an affecting inwardness and intensity of feeling. He's also well up to the brilliance of the A major concerto's solo part and the virtuoso touches that characterize the G major trio, with its use of dotted notes, double-stopping, and ornamentation. Here, as elsewhere in the program, Hadelich demonstrates a tonal sweetness in the high register that is instantly appealing. The only possible aspect of his performances that could engender dissent is the occasional use of a slow vibrato that put me in mind of a wobbly soprano.

Helmut Müller-Brühl and his modern-instrument Cologne Chamber Orchestra record frequently for Naxos, and this is one of their best Haydn outings, supporting the soloist with energy and style. The engineering also is well up to snuff, with admirable transparency in such episodes as the opening of the C major's Adagio movement, where the solo violin sings the melody over the strings' pizzicato accompaniment.

--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in C major, H 7a no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Augustin Hadelich (Violin)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1769; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 8 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in A major, H 7a no 3 "Melk" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Augustin Hadelich (Violin)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1771; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 10 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 4 in G major, H 7a no 4 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Augustin Hadelich (Violin)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1769; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Violin Concerto no 1: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto no 1: II. Adagio

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIa:1: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIa:1: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIa:1: III. Finale: Presto
Violin Concerto in A major, Hob.VIIa:3: I. Moderato
Violin Concerto in A major, Hob.VIIa:3: II. Adagio moderato
Violin Concerto in A major, Hob.VIIa:3: III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in G major, Hob.VIIa:4: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in G major, Hob.VIIa:4: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in G major, Hob.VIIa:4: III. Allegro

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