Notes and Editorial Reviews
Franz Joseph Haydn's life spanned the end of the Baroque era to the nascent stirrings of the Romantic period, and, by virtue of his genius, he developed the symphony, string quartet, and keyboard sonata into the musical forms that would come to dominate the musical landscape. Future masters such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert were enormously indebted to him for his groundbreaking work and innovations.
This disc is part of the National Public Radio-Milestones of the Millennium series, and offers a sampling of the composer's prodigious output with performances by some of the foremost musical talents of our time.
Among the selections are Yo-Yo Ma's virtuoso reading of the Allegro from the Cello Concerto in D major, Leonard
Bernstein's stirring account of "Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes" from 'Die Schöpfung,' and a gripping, powerful Agnus Dei from 'Missa in tempore belli' performed by Tafelmusik.
The performances and recordings, all from Sony's vast music library, are excellent throughout, and the booklet that accompanies the CD includes informative notes by Jan Swafford. Read less
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major, H 7e no 1: 3rd movement, Finale by Franz Joseph Haydn
Wynton Marsalis (Trumpet)
English Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 02/1993
Venue: St. Giles Church, London, England
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs.
The Creation, H 21 no 2: The heavens are telling by Franz Joseph Haydn
Alexander Young (Tenor),
Judith Raskin (Soprano),
John Reardon (Baritone)
New York Philharmonic
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 05/1966
Venue: Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs.
Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 76 no 2 "Quinten": 1st mvt, Allegro by Franz Joseph Haydn
Kikuei Ikeda (Violin),
Sadao Harada (Cello),
Kazuhide Isomura (Viola),
Koichiro Harada (Violin)
Tokyo String Quartet
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 01/16/1979
Venue: Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs.
Missa in tempore belli, H 22 no 9: Agnus Dei by Franz Joseph Haydn
Geoffrey Lancaster (Organ)
Tölz Boys Choir,
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 1995
Venue: City Church, Bad Tölz, Germany
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs.
II. Andante from Symphony No. 94 in G Major, "Surprise" (Hob. I: 94) (Instrumental)
III. Finale. Allegro from Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, in E-flat Major Hob.VIIe: 1
Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes. from Die Schöpfung (The Creation) Hob.XXI: 2
I. Allegro from String Quartet in D minor, Op.76, No. 2 "Fifths" (Instrumental)
II. Poco Adagio. Cantabile from String Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3 "Emperor"
III. Allegro from Concerto No. 2 in D Major for Cello and Orchestra, Hob.Vllb:2
I. Adagio from Symphony No. 49 in F minor, Hob.I: 49, "Passione"
I. Andante con espressione
III. Menuetto: Un poco allegretto; Trio from Symphony No 82 in C Major, Hob. I: 82, "The Bear" (Instrumental)
IV. Finale. Presto from Symphony in B-flat Major, Hob. I: 102
Agnus Dei (Adagio - Allegro con spirito) (Voice)
IV. Finale. Presto from Symphony in F-sharp minor, Hob.I: 45 "Farewell"
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