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Haydn: Symphonies No 48 & 49 / Orpheus CO

Release Date: 04/02/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 419607   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Haydn's symphonies remain the step-children of the record catalog, particularly the early and middle-period works. Why this should be so remains a mystery. Listen to these two pieces, so different in character. No. 48 is all pomp and festivity, with wild horn parts (this performance omits the later addition of timpani); No. 49 is Haydn's greatest (and last) piece in "church sonata" form, with an opening slow movement, and it's grounded in his personal key for expressing loneliness, desolation, and tragic emotion--F minor. No other composer of the period, and few since--not even Mozart--had as wide an emotional range at his command as Haydn shows in these two masterpieces.

Fortunately, they are wonderfully played here
Read more by the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Immaculate ensemble, perfectly judged tempos, colorful oboes (in both works), and amazing horn playing in No. 48 make for a thoroughly memorable experience, and a very well-recorded one too. At 51 minutes, the playing time is a little stingy by today's standards, but the artistic quality more than compensates. Available on demand from Arkivmusic.com, at least now these marvelous performances will remain available for the foreseeable future.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 48 in C major, H 1 no 48 "Maria Theresia" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1769; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Symphony no 49 in F minor, H 1 no 49 "La Passione" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1768; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

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