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Haydn: Cello Concertos, Symphony No 104 / Wispelwey, Et Al


Release Date: 10/10/2006 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 6007   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Pieter WispelweyAnna McDonaldRachel ByrtDaniel Yeadon,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Another ear-opening recording from the Dutch musician Pieter Wispelwey and his 1710 Barak Norman cello. The two Haydn cello concertos frame a delectable rarity: an arrangement for flute, two violins, viola, cello and fortepiano — clearly for domestic use - of Haydn's Symphony No. 104, made by Salomon, the concert organizer who brought Haydn to London.

This is enormous fun. After a strange, wiry ritual of an Adagio, played by strings and fortepiano, Florilegium lead the lithe, neatly turned Allegro on to an Andante in which the pair of violins mince their way along, before handing over to the flute who mischievously varies their theme. The finale returns, magically, to its Croatian roots, as the instruments sound a distant
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Wispelwey seems to look back over Haydn's shoulder to his baroque antecedents and, in the C major Concerto, to Vivaldi in particular. Florilegium's sound is bright, astringent, the chords assertive, articulation razor-sharp. But Wispelwey himself answers with a warmth and depth of tone which really sings through the first movement. In his own wonderfully fanciful cadenza, the theme serenades in pizzicato, then flies away like thistledown.

The central movement passes with the poise and grace of a courtly dance, just as the Adagio of the D major Concerto lives in an austere, sometimes elusive elegance. The finales of both concertos are airborne: the first a-bustle with accents and eager, unruly horns, and the second leaping ahead with newly toned muscle.

-- Gramophone H.F. [7/1995] Reviewing original release Channel Classics 7395
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, H 7b no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1761-1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Anna McDonald (Violin), Rachel Byrt (Viola), Daniel Yeadon (Cello),
Rachel Podger (Violin), Ashley Solomon (Flute), Neal Peres Da Costa (Fortepiano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 25 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Johann Peter Salomon 
3. Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op. 101/H 7b no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 08/1994 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 41 Secs. 

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