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Haydn: Symphonies Nos 72, 93 & 95 / Béla Drahos


Release Date: 05/23/1995 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8550797   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The prominent horn writing in Haydn's D major Symphony (No. 72) betrays its earlier chronology (between 1763 and 1765). The addition of the two further horn virtuosos to the Esterhazy Orchestra in 1763 offered the composer a technical resource that was unrivalled at the time. In this new recording, the abounding vitality and fluid virtuosity, from all sections of the orchestra, show the Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia and Bela Drahos to be idiomatic Haydn interpreters. The Hanover Band, playing period instruments, present a more exciting timbral brilliance, but the NES's modern-instrument version offers an appealingly elegant, softer-edged alternative.

Richard Wigmore found Dorati's approach to the C minor Symphony (No. 95, part
Read more of a four-disc set) ''simply too tame and pallid''. By comparison, Drahos and the NES give a remarkably convincing account that deftly reconciles the music's inherent conflicting expressive messages. There is a compelling sense of organic development in the first movement, the cello solo emerges naturally from the ensemble in both the Andante cantabile and the trio to the third movement, and the work resolves emphatically in the ironically cheerful finale, whose stormy interlude (2'45'' - 3'00'') brightens exultantly into radiant C major. RW went on to describe Symphony No. 93 as ''one of the best of Dorati's 'Salomon' Symphonies''. However, to my taste, the NES's generally livelier pace throughout offers much greater animation. Listen to the gentle sway of the first movement allegro, the engaging mixture of warm intimacy and wit in the slow movement, the smiling contrast of rusticity and ceremonial brilliance in the third movement and the cheerful, exhilarating finale. Excellent, spacious recordings.

-- Gramophone [12/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 72 in D major, H 1 no 72 no 72 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1765; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 21 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 93 in D major, H 1 no 93 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 22 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 95 in C minor, H 1 no 95 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 19 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 72 in D major, Hob.I:72: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 72 in D major, Hob.I:72: II. Andante
Symphony No. 72 in D major, Hob.I:72: III. Menuet
Symphony No. 72 in D major, Hob.I:72: IV. Finale: Andante - Presto
Symphony No. 93 in D major, Hob.I:93: I. Adagio - Allegro assai
Symphony No. 93 in D major, Hob.I:93: II. Largo cantabile
Symphony No. 93 in D major, Hob.I:93: III. Menuet
Symphony No. 93 in D major, Hob.I:93: IV. Finale: Presto ma non troppo
Symphony No. 95 in C minor, Hob.I:95: I. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 95 in C minor, Hob.I:95: II. Andante cantabile
Symphony No. 95 in C minor, Hob.I:95: III. Menuet
Symphony No. 95 in C minor, Hob.I:95: IV. Finale: Vivace

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