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Haydn: Keyboard Concertos / Müller-brühl, Hoeren, Haugsand


Release Date: 12/16/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570486   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Harald HoerenKetil Haugsand
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



HAYDN Organ Concertos: in C, Hob XVIII:1,8,10. Harpsichord Concertos: in C, Hob XVIII:5; in F, Hob XVIII:7 Helmut Müller-Brühl, cond; Harald Hoeren (org); Ketil Gaugsand (hpd); Cologne CO NAXOS 8.570486 (72:46)


These early concertos—from the 1750s, although some were revised in the 1760s—were written to be played by either organ or harpsichord, which Read more is why this disc is entitled “Keyboard Concertos.” In Brilliant Classics’s recent 150-CD “Haydn Edition,” all five of these works were played on an organ. The music is conventional, having elements both Baroque and rococo, but it is still Haydn, which means spirit and quality as well as competence. The only lack is individuality; I would hate to face a blind audition of each movement—especially if you switched solo instruments. These performances are also conventional, too much so. The modern-instrument band produces very little color, and less variety of it. Bland, tubby recorded sound reinforces that feeling; trumpets in the C-Major pieces are barely noticeable, and drumbeats are little more than extra reverberances. By contrast, Brilliant’s period-instrument Ensemble Dolce Risonanza produces vibrant colors and violent explosions. The tables are turned with the soloists, however; Brilliant’s Anton Holzapfel can hardly get a note in edgewise among all those dolce risonanzas, whereas both Hoeren and Gaugsand take the lead when called upon and give imaginative, well-rounded performances. The best things here are the Allegro finales, which are taken at spirited, upbeat tempos.


This disc is in no way necessary, but you’re sure to enjoy it.


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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Organ no 1 in C major, H 18 no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Harald Hoeren (Organ), Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1756; Vienna, Austria 
2. Concerto for Organ no 3 in C major, H 18 no 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord), Harald Hoeren (Organ)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1763; Austria 
3. Concerto for Organ in C major, H 18 no 8 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord), Harald Hoeren (Organ)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; Austria 
4. Concerto for Keyboard in F major, H 18 no 7 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Harald Hoeren (Organ), Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; Austria 
5. Concerto for Organ in C major, H 18 no 10 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Harald Hoeren (Organ), Ketil Haugsand (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1771; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

Sound Samples

Keyboard Concerto in C major, Hob. XVIII:1: I. Allegro moderato
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Hob. XVIII:1: II. Largo
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Hob. XVIII:1: III. Allegro molto
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Hob. XVIII:5: I. Allegro moderato
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Hob. XVIII:5: II. Andante
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Hob. XVIII:5: III. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Hob. XVIII:8: I. Allegro moderato
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Hob. XVIII:8: II. Adagio
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Hob. XVIII:8: III. Finale: Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in F major, Hob.XVIII:7: I. Moderato
Keyboard Concerto in F major, Hob.XVIII:7: II. Adagio
Keyboard Concerto in F major, Hob.XVIII:7: III. Allegro
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Hob. XVIII:10: I. Moderato
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Hob. XVIII:10: II. Adagio
Keyboard Concerto in C major, Hob. XVIII:10: III. Allegro

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