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Haydn: Music For England

Eliott / Academy Of Ancient Music / Hogwood
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 4800388   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Paul ElliotJudith Nelson
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Superb music, well played and recorded.

You only have to read contemporary accounts to appreciate the extent of the adulation of Haydn and his music from his first visit to London in 1791. Less than a month after he arrived he met all the most prominent musicians staying in London and was introduced to the Prince of Wales. Dr Burney described the audience at his first public concert as showing “such a degree of enthusiasm as almost amounted to a frenzy”. These discs include examples of many of the types of music he went on to produce for his English audiences and friends. I have to say that my own reaction by the end of these discs was little different to that initial audience.

The first CD gets off to a
Read more good start with five of the arrangements of Scottish songs he made for William Napier. Beethoven’s arrangements tend to be performed more often and usually make a greater effect, but given playing and singing of this degree of commitment and understanding each becomes a little gem of imaginative response to the tunes by the composer. They are followed by the Piano Trio in A, again played with both swagger and finesse, especially in the wonderful gipsy-style finale. As Christopher Hogwood’s notes - presumably from the original LP issue - explain, the string quartet Op. 71 No. 3 is different in style from Haydn’s earlier quartets; more suited to public concerts. It is given a suitably large-scale performance here, taking full advantage of all its opportunities for display.

The first half of the second disc includes several short, pleasant, pieces as well as two of the Trios for two flutes and cello written for the flautist and composer Willoughby Bertie, the Earl of Abingdon. They are delightful pieces to play or to listen to. The disc ends with Salomon’s arrangement of the “Surprise” Symphony for flute, string quartet and piano. Salomon had paid Haydn not merely for writing the London Symphonies but also for their copyright so that he clearly wanted to get full value for his money. The real surprise is however just how good the arrangements were, and how little of the substance of the music is lost – no mean feat with such a master orchestrator as Haydn. Like everything else on these discs it is played and recorded to perfection.

Here are two discs full of superb music, well played and recorded and with interesting leaflet notes - but no texts for the vocal items. It is a pity that fillers could not be found to increase the limited playing time, but in the end it is the quality that counts and that is something these discs have in abundance.

-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 22, White cockade by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Paul Elliot (), Judith Nelson ()
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1792; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 13, Will ye go to Flanders by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Paul Elliot (), Judith Nelson ()
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 58, The birks of Abergeldie by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Paul Elliot (), Judith Nelson ()
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1792; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 90, The flowers of Edinburgh by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Paul Elliot (), Judith Nelson ()
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1792; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 28bis, Up in the morning early by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Paul Elliot (), Judith Nelson ()
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A major, H 15 no 18 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 18 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 71 no 3/H 3 no 71 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 20 Minutes 46 Secs. 
8.
The Lady's Looking-glass, H 31c no 17 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Paul Elliot (), Judith Nelson ()
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Written: c1791–1795 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
9.
Trio for 2 Flutes and Cello in G major, H 4 no 2 "London" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
10.
Original Canzonettas Book 1, H 26a: no 25, Mermaid's Song by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Judith Nelson (), Paul Elliot ()
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
Trio for 2 Flutes and Cello in G major, H 4 no 3 "London" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Paul Elliot (), Judith Nelson ()
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
12.
O Tuneful Voice, H 26a no 42 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Judith Nelson (), Paul Elliot ()
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Written: circa ?1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
13.
Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK 
Length: 22 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Haydn, Music of England November 10, 2012 By D. Davis (Belgrade, MT) See All My Reviews "What a delight! This two CD set includes songs, a piano trio, a quartet,and an excellent version of the Surprise Symphony reduced to a chamber group. These performances are equal parts charm and enthusiasm. Highly recommended. Truly a delight." Report Abuse
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