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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 Haydn
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.
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