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Haydn: Three Theatrical Symphonies / Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien

Haydn / Haydn Sinfonietta Wien / Huss
Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1815  
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Outstanding SACD sonics and vibrant playing make this a most appealing collection. The concept--"three theatrical symphonies"--is dubious: while the origins of Symphonies Nos. 50 and 60 (especially) are well known, there's no evidence at all that No. 12 had any connection to a stage work, and besides, all of Haydn's symphonies are theatrical. But that doesn't matter. What does matter is that the performances are completely enjoyable, full of fun, and not "period" to the point where orchestral timbres start to sound extraterrestrial.

Symphony No. 50 started life as the overture Der Götterrat, the now largely lost prelude to the lovely marionette opera Philemon and Baucis. "Il distratto" is
Read more the best known piece here: six crazy movements, including a wild presto in Hungarian style and a finale in which the violins have to re-tune their instruments. Manfred Huss and his crew hit all of the major characteristic points without exaggerating to the point of caricature. The minuet's creepy trio is especially effective. As usual with this series, the engineering is excellent in all formats. There's lots of good Haydn out there, but if you enjoy historically informed performances there are none better than this. Strongly recommended.

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

1.
Symphony no 50 in C major, H 1 no 50 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
2.
Symphony no 12 in E major, H 1 no 12 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1763; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
3.
Symphony no 60 in C major, H 1 no 60 "Il distratto" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1774; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

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