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Haydn: Music for Prince Esterházy and the King of Naples


Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1796/8   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Originally recorded for Koch back in the 1990s, the Scherzandi and Baryton Octets were released previously on that label, along with three discs of divertimentos and two discs of opera overtures (which hopefully will return to the active catalog on BIS as well). The lyra concertos and notturni are seeing the light of day for the first time, if memory serves, though in the insane dumpfest that constitutes the classical recording industry they could well have shown up somewhere previously and I might have missed them. This is all superior music for royal entertainment--elegant, immaculately crafted, still amazingly fresh-sounding, and even emotionally affecting.

Perhaps the most
Read more remarkable (and unusual) pieces here are the scherzandi: six genuine symphonies in miniature, four movements each, for strings, flute, oboes, and horns, lasting from about six to nine minutes. Clearly designed to be played as a cycle, they deserve to return to the repertoire of enterprising chamber orchestras. The rest of the works fall into the category of "custom-made music for aristocratic performers on weird instruments". The Baryton Octets are the largest and most sophisticated works that Haydn wrote for that strange relative of the gamba family, while the lyra pieces are late works, so full of attractive music that Haydn either turned them into works for "normal" instruments (as played here), or reused some of their movements in contemporaneous symphonies (including the eponymous movement in the "Military" Symphony).

These performances, on "authentic" instruments, are uniformly fine, with particularly skillful horn playing and generally pleasant string tone. Manfred Huss chooses lively (but never rushed) tempos and ensures that ensemble balances remain true. The lyra works are already reasonably well known, but if you haven't heard the Scherzandi or the baryton pieces, then you really ought to get this set. Happily, BIS has priced it at six discs for the price of three, making for a most welcome bargain.

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

1.
Scherzando no 1 in F major, H 2 no 33 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
2.
Scherzando no 2 in C major, H 2 no 34 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
3.
Scherzando no 3 in D major, H 2 no 35 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
4.
Scherzando no 4 in G major, H 2 no 36 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
5.
Scherzando no 5 in E major, H 2 no 37 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
6.
Scherzando no 6 in A major, H 2 no 38 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
7.
Divertimento for Baryton, 2 Horns and Strings in D major, H 10 no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1775; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
8.
Divertimento for Baryton, 2 Horns and Strings in G major, H 10 no 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
9.
Divertimento for Baryton, 2 Horns and Strings in A minor, H 10 no 3 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
10.
Divertimento for Baryton, 2 Horns and Strings in D major, H 10 no 10 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1767/1768; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
11.
Divertimento for Baryton, 2 Horns and Strings in G major, H 10 no 4 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1775; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
12.
Divertimento for Baryton, 2 Horns and Strings in D major, H 10 no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
13.
Divertimento for Baryton, 2 Horns and Strings in A major, H 10 no 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1775; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
14.
Divertimento for Baryton, 2 Horns and Strings in G major, H 10 no 12 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1775; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
15.
Concerto for 2 Lire organizzate in C major, H 7h no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1786-87; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
16.
Concerto for 2 Lire organizzate in G major, H 7h no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1786-87; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
17.
Concerto for 2 Lire organizzate in G major, H 7h no 3 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1786-87; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
18.
Concerto for 2 Lire organizzate in F major, H 7h no 4 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
19.
Concerto for 2 Lire organizzate in F major, H 7h no 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1786-87; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
20.
Nocturne for 2 Hurdy-Gurdys and Orchestra in C major, H 2 no 25 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1788-1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
21.
Nocturne for 2 Hurdy-Gurdys and Orchestra in F major, H 2 no 26 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1788-1789; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
22.
Nocturne for 2 Hurdy-Gurdys and Orchestra in C major, H 2 no 32 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
23.
Nocturne for 2 Hurdy-Gurdys and Orchestra in C major, H 2 no 31 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
24.
Nocturne for 2 Hurdy-Gurdys and Orchestra in C major, H 2 no 29 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
25.
Nocturne for 2 Hurdy-Gurdys and Orchestra in G major, H 2 no 30 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
26.
Nocturne for 2 Hurdy-Gurdys and Orchestra in F major, H 2 no 28 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
27.
Nocturne for 2 Hurdy-Gurdys and Orchestra in G major, H 2 no 27 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

Featured Sound Samples

Scherzando no 4: I. Allegro
Concerto for 2 Lire organizzate, H 7h no 2: I. Vivace assai

Sound Samples

Scherzando No. 2 in C major, Hob.II:34: I. Allegro
Scherzando No. 2 in C major, Hob.II:34: II. Menuet
Scherzando No. 2 in C major, Hob.II:34: III. Adagio
Scherzando No. 2 in C major, Hob.II:34: IV. Finale: Presto
Scherzando No. 1 in F major, Hob.II:33: I. Allegro molto
Scherzando No. 1 in F major, Hob.II:33: II. Menuet
Scherzando No. 1 in F major, Hob.II:33: III. Adagio
Scherzando No. 1 in F major, Hob.II:33: IV. Finale: Presto
Scherzando No. 3 in D major, Hob.II:35: I. Allegro
Scherzando No. 3 in D major, Hob.II:35: II. Menuet
Scherzando No. 3 in D major, Hob.II:35: III. Adagio
Scherzando No. 3 in D major, Hob.II:35: IV. Finale: Presto
Scherzando No. 4 in G major, Hob.II:36: I. Allegro
Scherzando No. 4 in G major, Hob.II:36: II. Menuet
Scherzando No. 4 in G major, Hob.II:36: III. Adagio
Scherzando No. 4 in G major, Hob.II:36: IV. Finale: Presto
Scherzando No. 5 in E major, Hob.II:37: I. Allegro
Scherzando No. 5 in E major, Hob.II:37: II. Menuet
Scherzando No. 5 in E major, Hob.II:37: III. Adagio
Scherzando No. 5 in E major, Hob.II:37: IV. Finale: Presto
Scherzando No. 6 in A major, Hob.II:38: I. Allegro
Scherzando No. 6 in A major, Hob.II:38: II. Menuet
Scherzando No. 6 in A major, Hob.II:38: III. Adagio
Scherzando No. 6 in A major, Hob.II:38: IV. Finale: Presto
Divertimento a 8 No. 1 in D major, Hob.X:2: I. Allegro moderato
Divertimento a 8 No. 1 in D major, Hob.X:2: II. Adagio
Divertimento a 8 No. 1 in D major, Hob.X:2: III. Finale: Allegro
Divertimento a 8 No. 2 in G major, Hob.X:5: I. Adagio
Divertimento a 8 No. 2 in G major, Hob.X:5: II. Allegro
Divertimento a 8 No. 2 in G major, Hob.X:5: III. Finale: Presto
Divertimento a 8 No. 3 in A major, Hob.X:3: I. Adagio
Divertimento a 8 No. 3 in A major, Hob.X:3: II. Allegro
Divertimento a 8 No. 3 in A major, Hob.X:3: III. Finale: Allegretto
Quintetti No. 2 in D major, Hob.X:10: I. Adagio
Quintetti No. 2 in D major, Hob.X:10: II. Allegro
Quintetti No. 2 in D major, Hob.X:10: III. Menuetto

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