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Haydn: Symphonies No 66, 67 And 68 / Bélos Drahos, Esterházy


Release Date: 04/11/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554406   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Esterházy Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is one of the finest recordings yet in Naxos' ongoing Haydn symphony series, and if you haven't heard these comparatively rare works, now's your chance, for they are marvelously played and recorded by Béla Drahos and the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia. The performances combine the necessary liveliness with an ideal transparency of texture: woodwind and brass make their points with unobtrusive clarity, yet the strings never sound thin or emaciated, a critical factor in the success of the slow movements (of Symphony No. 68 especially, which has the longest one that Haydn ever wrote). These symphonies are little gems. Each offers a liberal sprinkling of those flashes of genius that make Haydn's works stand out from the rest of the classical Read more crowd. In Symphony No. 66, it's the witty finale with its 10-bar main theme, broken down into two five-bar phrases: the tune always sounds too long and never goes where you feel it should. Symphony No. 67 has many more surprises in store, from the delicious "col legno" (with the wood of the bow) ending of the slow movement, to the two solo violins in the trio of the Menuetto, to the haunting slow movement for string trio that pops up in the middle of the finale. Finally, as mentioned, No. 68 has Haydn's longest slow movement followed by one of his most appealing Rondos, a real "concerto for orchestra" in which each episode features different members of the orchestra's wind section. Don't miss this one. [4/12/2000]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 66 in B flat major, H 1 no 66 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Esterházy Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1779; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
2. Symphony no 67 in F major, H 1 no 67 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Esterházy Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1779; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
3. Symphony no 68 in B flat major, H 1 no 68 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Esterházy Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1779; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 66 in B flat major, Hob.I:66: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 66 in B flat major, Hob.I:66: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 66 in B flat major, Hob.I:66: III. Menuetto
Symphony No. 66 in B flat major, Hob.I:66: IV. Finale: Scherzando e presto
Symphony No. 67 in F major, Hob.I:67: I. Presto
Symphony No. 67 in F major, Hob.I:67: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 67 in F major, Hob.I:67: III. Menuetto
Symphony No. 67 in F major, Hob.I:67: IV. Finale: Allegro di molto - Adagio e cantiblile - Tempo primo
Symphony No. 68 in B flat major, Hob.I:68: I. Vivace
Symphony No. 68 in B flat major, Hob.I:68: II. Menuetto
Symphony No. 68 in B flat major, Hob.I:68: III. Adagio cantibile
Symphony No. 68 in B flat major, Hob.I:68: IV. Finale: Presto

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