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Haydn: Symphony No 83, Cello Concerto / Ochsenhofer, Wiener Mozartisten

Haydn / Wiener Mozaertisten / Ochsenhofer
Release Date: 09/14/2010 
Label:  Camerata Records   Catalog #: 28166   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Martin GabrielRobert Nágy
Conductor:  Hans Peter Ochsenhofer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener Mozartisten
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

HAYDN Symphony No. 83 in g , “La Poule.” Cello Concerto No 2 in D. UNKNOWN Oboe Concerto in C Hans Peter Ochsenhofer, cond; Martin Gabriel (ob); Robert Nagy (vc); Wiener Mozartisten CAMERATA CMCD 28166 (72:39)

The Oboe Concerto formerly known as Haydn has been discredited, but its composer has not stepped out of the pages of history to stake a claim. (His name was erased on the parts Read more and that of Haydn written over it.) It is no less worth hearing for its lack of an author. As played by this vibrant, period-influenced ensemble and fluent, ebullient soloist—Martin Gabriel is solo oboe with the Vienna Philharmonic—it leans more toward Haydn than ever before, so where better to place it than on a Haydn CD? I’m delighted to welcome it back in this brilliantly recorded version from Studio Baumgarten, Vienna, in 2008.

Robert Nagy, the VPO’s principal cellist, gives an aggressive performance of the D-Major Cello Concerto; his attention to every note is magnified by an unnaturally close recording, as if a microphone was stuck to the cello’s bridge. His instrument has an unusually rich bottom and a colorful top end, and he produces beautiful tone throughout, playing a ravishing cadenza in the Adagio (4:52–5:28 of track 5). Despite all these virtues, however, the performance doesn’t add up to ideal Haydn; I don’t object to its sometimes choppy phrasing, but it is weighted down by a Viennese grandeur surprising from the 15 or so strings. Again and again, the solo cello sounds like a symphony orchestra all by itself.

“The Hen” is delightful. The Allegro spiritoso is as potent as those of Bernstein and Kristjan Järvi ( Fanfare 33:4). Hans Peter Ochsenhofer is a bit heavier than either, which is fine; my only complaint is that the flute dominates the winds, above and beyond its many solos. His Andante is slower than the others, to good effect. Ochsenhofer finally falls short in the Vivace finale, which fails to swing at his slower tempo. None of the three take any second repeats, nor in the Menuet’s da capo . Järvi has the advantage of an SACD made in the golden acoustic of the Vienna Musikverein, but Camerata’s recorded sound is exquisite, too, capturing every nuance of every instrument; have I ever heard such a gorgeous double bass?

In short, a disc with many attractions, even though the Haydn falls short of the best on record.

FANFARE: James H. North
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Oboe in C major, H 7g no C1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Martin Gabriel (Oboe)
Conductor:  Hans Peter Ochsenhofer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener Mozartisten
Period: Classical 
Written: circa ?1800 
Venue:  Studio Baumgarten, Vienna 
Length: 21 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op. 101/H 7b no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Nágy (Cello)
Conductor:  Hans Peter Ochsenhofer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener Mozartisten
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Venue:  Studio Baumgarten, Vienna 
Length: 24 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Symphony no 83 in G minor, H 1 no 83 "The Hen" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Hans Peter Ochsenhofer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener Mozartisten
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Venue:  Studio Baumgarten, Vienna 
Length: 22 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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