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Haydn: Complete Symphonies, Vol. 24 / Spillner, Heidelberger Sinfoniker

Release Date: 11/16/2018 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 18024  
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joseph Haydn deserves credit as the composer who significantly developed the symphony (and equally the string quartet) in terms of its musical content, scoring and form and who ultimately canonised the symphony as the genre we know today. His First Symphony was, according to Manfred Huss, written in Lukavec Castle near Pilsen in 1759. This is where Haydn served his second aristocratic employer (after Baron Fürnberg): Count Ferdinand Maximilian Franz Morzin. Haydn had a small orchestra of 15 to 17 musicians at his disposal there and wrote his early symphonies for them. The First Symphony is also the first to be listed in the catalogue of the Dutch musicologist Anthony van Hoboken (1887–1983, hence the abbreviation Hob.); however, the Read more lack of accurate evidence made it difficult even for this great Haydn scholar to determine the chronological sequence of the remaining symphonies. Hoboken originally listed a total of 104 Haydn symphonies (culminating in the twelve “London Symphonies”) but musicologists have since increased the number of complete surviving symphonies to 106. This 24th volume in the Heidelberger Sinfonikder’s journey through all 106 symphonies features the Symphonies Nos. 63, 38, 37, and 9. Read less

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 Elegant Early-Midphase Haydn April 27, 2019 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "With this new Hanssler Classic release, the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra returns to its magnificent Haydn symphony cycle after an interlude of several years. This hiatus is undoubtedly the result of the incapacitation of the orchestra's founder, conductor, and overall guiding light, Thomas Fey. Concertmaster Benjamin Spillner has taken the reins of the HSO, at least for the interim, pending the possible return of Thomas Fey (let's hope that will happen someday). On this disk, Herr Spillner leads the HSO in fast-paced, thoroughly impressive performances of four early Haydn symphonies (#63, 38, 37, and 9- performed in that order). Although the excellent CD notes observe that subsequent (inauthentic?) editions of the scoring for Symphonies #63, 38 and 37 call for timpani and trumpets, on this recording the HSO plays the original version- strings, flutes, horns, and oboes only. The result is a light, agile sound which seems wholly appropriate. (As an aside, Haydn recordings of these works with other orchestras do add the above instruments for a more powerful effect. I'll not try to judge the merits of either approach, since both work well.) Further, the symphonies' numerical designations clearly indicate early and emerging Haydn (#9 from the 1760's, #37 even earlier due to problems musical historians have in precisely pinning down some of Haydn's works, #38 from the late 1760's, and #63 from around 1780). Therefore, it should come as no great surprise that these symphonies do not feature the sonic gravitas of Haydn's late masterpieces. Nevertheless, these four works are delightful little gems, superbly performed by a truly outstanding small orchestra. I found this recording to be an absolute joy to hear, and thus I wholeheartedly recommend it." Report Abuse
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