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Haydn: Concertos / Oprean, European Union Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 06/08/1999 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55007   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Justin OpreanAdelina Oprean
Conductor:  Adelina Oprean
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Union Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Compared with Mozart, Haydn is scarcely at all thought of as a composer of concertos, save perhaps by specialists. Nevertheless, he wrote a number of works in the form, and although the three played here are all early ones from around his thirtieth year, they are skilful and charming if—by his standards at least—somewhat oldfashioned in language and structure, and in debt to Italian models. The Double Concerto in F major that is played first was originally for organ and violin, but even in Haydn's lifetime the cembalo part was more often played on the harpsichord or fortepiano. It is an eloquent piece and the two instruments make an attractive pair as played by Adelina and Justin Oprean, the piano giving a sound crisp enough to feel Read more authentic.

As for the two violin concertos, here too is a presentation with eighteenth-century poise and lyricism in the right proportions, played with a harpsichord continuo. Oprean's tone is sweet but she has plenty of attack too, not least in the more demanding C major Concerto which Haydn com posed for Alois Luigi Tornasini, the Italian violinist who led the Esterhazy court orchestra. (This has a lovely slow movement in which the soloist sings over pizzicato strings.) Her own cadenzas to all three works are entirely appropriate.

The recording was made in a North London church and sounds extremely lifelike, and while there is a fair degree of reverberation I found it quite acceptable. Altogether, this Hyperion Helios CD may be warmly recommended, especially since it comes at medium price. It has a well-chosen front illustration of Gerrit Dou's seventeenth-century painting, The Young Violinist.

-- Gramophone [1/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Keyboard and Violin in F major, H 18 no 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Justin Oprean (Piano), Adelina Oprean (Violin)
Conductor:  Adelina Oprean
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Union Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; Austria  
2. Concerto for Violin no 1 in C major, H 7a no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Adelina Oprean (Violin)
Conductor:  Adelina Oprean
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Union Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1769; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
3. Concerto for Violin no 4 in G major, H 7a no 4 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Adelina Oprean (Violin)
Conductor:  Adelina Oprean
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Union Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1769; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

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