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Haydn: Complete Early Divertimenti / Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien

Haydn / Stadage / Hydn Sinfonietta Wien / Huss
Release Date: 02/22/2011 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1806/8   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Simon Standage
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is all early Haydn (with the exception of the two marches), but it is not immature. He was in his mid- to late-20s when he composed most of these pieces, and they are beautifully written for a wild assortment of ensembles. There are works for winds alone, serenades for wind and strings (including a couple featuring pairs of English horns), some early pieces with clarinets, a divertimento for harpsichord, a cassation with four horns, music with flute, and an insanely virtuosic trio for horn, violin, and cello. Manfred Huss includes the famous "St. Anthony Chorale" even though it's not by Haydn, and Simon Standage turns in a really lovely performance of the First violin concerto, with a slow movement so winsome you'd never know Read more he's playing a period violin.

Indeed, Huss and his team manage to have the best of both worlds, offering a clearly "authentic" sound without any of the timbral unpleasantness that so often comes with it. There's only one exception: the natural horn playing, particularly in the trio mentioned above. Here I have to be dogmatic: get a modern horn, gentlemen. The alternative on offer here oscillates between crudeness and sheer desperation, however brave the effort.

Still, such is the value of the music and vibrancy of the performances that this set, attractively priced at five discs for the cost of three, is an essential item for any self-respecting Haydn collection. Much of the material was released previously on Koch in a series of single discs, but for all intents and purposes this set should be seen as brand new, for that is how it sounds whether you're listening for the first time or the tenth.

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

1. Divertimento for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Double Bass in G major, H 2 no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1763; Austria 
2. Divertimento for 2 Oboes, 2 Horns and Strings in G major, H 2 no 9 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1764; Austria 
3. Divertimento for 2 Oboes, 2 Horns and Strings in F major, H 2 no 20 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1763; Austria 
4. Divertimento in G major, H 2 no G1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
5. Divertimento for 2 Oboes, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons in G major, H 2 no 3 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; Austria 
6. Divertimento for 2 Oboes, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons in C major, H 2 no 7 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765; Austria 
7. Divertimento for 2 Oboes, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons in F major, H 2 no 15 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1760; Vienna, Austria 
8. Divertimento for 2 Clarinets and 2 Horns in C major, H 2 no 14 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1761 
9. Divertimento for 2 Oboes, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons in F major, H 2 no 23 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765; Austria 
10. Divertimento for Winds in B flat major, H 2 no 46 "St Anthony Chorale" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 
11. March in E flat major, H 8 no 3 "Royal Society of Musicians" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792; London, England 
12. March in E flat major, H 8 no 3bis "Royal Society of Musicians" (2nd version) by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792-1795 
13. Divertimento for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns, 2 Violins, Bassoon and Double Bass in F major, H 2 no 16 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
14. Divertimento for 2 Flutes, 2 Horns and Strings in D major, H 2 no 8 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Austria 
15. Variations on a Minuet in E flat major, H 2 no 24 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1761-62; Austria 
16. Divertimento for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns, 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Double Bass in C major, H 2 no 17 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1765; Austria 
17. Divertimento for Harpsichord and Strings in E flat major, H 14 no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
18. Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings in E flat major, H 2 no 21 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1763; Austria 
19. Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings in D major, H 2 no 22 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1763; Austria 
20. Cassation for 4 Horns and Strings in D major, H 2 no D22 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1763; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
21. Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Strings in G major, H 2 no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1768; Austria 
22. Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Strings in C major, H 2 no 11 "Geburtstag" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765; Austria 
23. Divertimento for Horn, Violin and Cello in E flat major, H 4 no 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
24. Concerto for Violin no 1 in C major, H 7a no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1769; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

Sound Samples

Divertimento (Cassation) a 5 in G major, Hob.II:2: I. Presto
Divertimento (Cassation) a 5 in G major, Hob.II:2: II. Allegro moderato
Divertimento (Cassation) a 5 in G major, Hob.II:2: III. Menuett I - Trio
Divertimento (Cassation) a 5 in G major, Hob.II:2: IV. Adagio
Divertimento (Cassation) a 5 in G major, Hob.II:2: V. Menuett II - Trio
Divertimento (Cassation) a 5 in G major, Hob.II:2: VI. Finale: Presto
Divertimento (Cassation) in G major, Hob.II:9: I. Allegro molto
Divertimento (Cassation) in G major, Hob.II:9: II. Menuett I
Divertimento (Cassation) in G major, Hob.II:9: III. Adagio cantabile
Divertimento (Cassation) in G major, Hob.II:9: IV. Menuett II
Divertimento (Cassation) in G major, Hob.II:9: V. Finale: Presto
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:20: I. Allegro molto
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:20: II. Menuett I
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:20: III. Adagio
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:20: IV. Menuett II
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:20: V. Finale: Presto
Divertimento (Cassation) in G major, Hob.II:G1: I. Allegro Molto
Divertimento (Cassation) in G major, Hob.II:G1: II. Menuet - Trio
Divertimento (Cassation) in G major, Hob.II:G1: III. Adagio
Divertimento (Cassation) in G major, Hob.II:G1: IV. Menuet - Trio
Divertimento (Cassation) in G major, Hob.II:G1: V. Finale: Presto
Divertimento a 6 No. 24 in G major, Hob.II:3: I. Allegro
Divertimento a 6 No. 24 in G major, Hob.II:3: II. Menuet
Divertimento a 6 No. 24 in G major, Hob.II:3: III. Andante
Divertimento a 6 No. 24 in G major, Hob.II:3: IV. Menuet
Divertimento a 6 No. 24 in G major, Hob.II:3: V. Presto
Divertimento in C major, Hob.II:7: I. Allegro
Divertimento in C major, Hob.II:7: II. Menuet
Divertimento in C major, Hob.II:7: III. Adagio
Divertimento in C major, Hob.II:7: IV. Menuet
Divertimento in C major, Hob.II:7: V. Finale: Presto
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:15: I. Presto
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:15: II. Menuet
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:15: III. Adagio
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:15: IV. Menuet
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:15: V. Finale: Presto
Divertimento in C major, Hob.II:14: I. Allegro
Divertimento in C major, Hob.II:14: II. Menuetto
Divertimento in C major, Hob.II:14: III. Adagio
Divertimento in C major, Hob.II:14: IV. Menuetto
Divertimento in C major, Hob.II:14: V. Finale: Presto
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:23: I. Allegro
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:23: II. Menuet
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:23: III. Adagio
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:23: IV. Menuet
Divertimento in F major, Hob.II:23: V. Finale: Presto
Divertimento in B flat major, Hob.II:46, "Chorale St. Antoni": I. Allegro con spirito
Divertimento in B flat major, Hob.II:46, "Chorale St. Antoni": II. Chorale "St. Antoni"
Divertimento in B flat major, Hob.II:46, "Chorale St. Antoni": III. Menuetto
Divertimento in B flat major, Hob.II:46, "Chorale St. Antoni": IV. Rondo: Allegretto
March in E flat major, Hob.VIII:3, "March for the Prince of Wales"
March in E flat major, hob.VIII:3bis, "March for the Royal Society of Musicians": March in E flat major, Hob.VIII:3bis, "March for the Royal Society of Musicians"

Customer Reviews

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 Excellent Performances July 2, 2012 By M. Bishop (Clackamas, OR) See All My Reviews "I have recordings of 4-6 Haydn Symphonies, so I thought expanding my collection of Haydn works by purchasing this album might be a good thing to do. I was right. The sinfonietta format for these recordings serves to provide the listener with a clean and clear sound. I have recordings of The English Concert featuring Simon Standage as the solo violinist, so having another recording with him doing solo performances is an additional highlight of this album. Having this collection is indeed a must for those desiring to expand their musical library holdings for the works of Haydn. " Report Abuse
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