Joseph Haydn spent much of his career as kapellmeister for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate in Hungary. This isolated him from other composers and trends in music to such an extent that Haydn said it, ''forced him to become original.'' He wrote many works specifically for the Esterházy orchestra, including the three concertos featured here. The Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 were written for Luigi Tomasini, the orchestra's concertmaster, while the Cello Concerto No.1 was composed Joseph Franz Weigl, its principal cellist. It is fitting then that the principal players of Gli incogniti, leader Amandine Beyer and principal cellist Marco Ceccato, take the starring roles on this delightful recording of three HaydnRead more masterworks.
Beyer’s accomplished performances are greatly helped by the alert playing of the orchestral strings. Indeed, the sense of sheer enjoyment in music-making is palpable throughout this disc.
– BBC Music Magazine
The C major and G major Concertos bookend this program and Amandine Beyer and Gli Incogniti take an earthy approach to them, treating them not as somewhat rhapsodic ‘early’ works but rather as if they possessed all the motivic tautness of the middle-period symphonies. The tiny forces (just 10 string players) draw out a true chamber-like ambience in which the soloist is primus inter pares.
Haydn at his bestMarch 8, 2019By Paul Brunson (Arvada, CO)See All My Reviews"Excellent recording of Haydn's music as performed at Esterhazy. The musicians displayed lots of fire and passion - they seemed to very much enjoy playing the music! Haydn is my favorite composer and this recording has been carefully recorded and displayed Haydn's compositions the way they probably sounded at the palace in the 17th and 18th century. A+ for this recording!!!"Report Abuse