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Haydn: Complete Symphonies Vol 17 / Fey, Heidelberg Symphony

Haydn / Heidelberger Sinfoniker / Fey
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98633   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heidelberg Symphony
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 2011 Thomas Fey was nominated for a Grammy for his world premiere recordings of the music of Antonio Salieri. Every new release of Haydn symphonies from Thomas Fey and his ensemble is greeted with enthusiasm; truly this is how Haydn should sound today. To bring this about, Fey's musicians bridge past and present, performing both on modern string instruments and replicas of authentic period woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.

There is nothing immature about the earliest Haydn symphonies, which in style straddle the older Italian overture and Baroque musical world while simultaneously looking forward to exciting new melodic and rhythmic developments of the Classical era.
In 2011 Thomas Fey was nominated for a Grammy for his world premiere recordings of the music of Antonio Salieri. Every new release of Haydn symphonies from Thomas Fey and his ensemble is greeted with enthusiasm; truly this is how Haydn should sound today. To bring this about, Fey's musicians bridge past and present, performing both on modern string instruments and replicas of authentic period woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.

There is nothing immature about the earliest Haydn symphonies, which in style straddle the older Italian overture and Baroque musical world while simultaneously looking forward to exciting new melodic and rhythmic developments of the Classical era.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in A major, H 1 no 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heidelberg Symphony
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1762; Austria 
2.
Symphony no 4 in D major, H 1 no 4 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heidelberg Symphony
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1762; Austria 
3.
Symphony no 10 in D major, H 1 no 10 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heidelberg Symphony
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Symphony no 1 in D major, H 1 no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heidelberg Symphony
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1759; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Hob.I:1: I. Presto
Symphony No. 1 in D major, Hob.I:1: II. Andante
Symphony No. 1 in D major, Hob.I:1: III. Finale: Presto
Symphony No. 4 in D major, Hob.I:4: I. Presto
Symphony No. 4 in D major, Hob.I:4: II. Andante
Symphony No. 4 in D major, Hob.I:4: III. Finale: Tempo di menuetto
Symphony No. 5 in A major, Hob.I:5: I. Adagio, ma non troppo
Symphony No. 5 in A major, Hob.I:5: II. Allegro
Symphony No. 5 in A major, Hob.I:5: III. Menuet - Trio
Symphony No. 5 in A major, Hob.I:5: IV. Finale: Presto
Symphony No. 10 in D major, Hob.I:10: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 10 in D major, Hob.I:10: II. Andante
Symphony No. 10 in D major, Hob.I:10: III. Finale: Presto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent Early Haydn March 3, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "This is the 17th volume in the Haydn symphony cycle by Thomas Fey and his excellent Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra. Several of Haydn's earliest symphonies are contained on this disk, and as a group they provide unmistakable indicators of Haydn's emerging compositional genius. Much lighter in texture and weight (no percussion, for example) than his mid and late symphonies, these works nevertheless demand precision and careful attention to tempo and volume control, since the different orchestral sections are often exposed in performing quasi-solo passages. It is interesting to note a variety of structural differences in these four symphonies, which might suggest that Haydn was experimenting with symphonic format in search of the standards he would later use so brilliantly. For example, Symphony #1 opens with a Presto movement, as does #4. On the other hand, #5's opening movement is an extended Adagio, followed by an Allegro second movement. An additional unusual feature is #4's finale, a minuet of all things. Does any of this matter? Probably not, and certainly not with regard to the quality of the music! I think you will find this set of Haydn symphonies to be superbly performed by the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra (as usual) and thoroughly enjoyable. Strongly recommended." Report Abuse
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