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Haydn: Symphonies No 9-12 / Roy Goodman, Hanover Band


Release Date: 04/09/2002 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55113   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Roy Goodman
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Of the four fledgling symphonies in Volume 10 of Hyperion's Haydn Edition, neither No. 9 nor No. 10 shows the young composer on specially distinguished form. There's plenty of bristling, buffoesque energy in the quick movements, of course, but little that rivets the attention, save, perhaps, for the beautiful D minor episode in the finale of No. 10; and the 2/4 Andantes, as sometimes elsewhere in early Haydn, are spare to the point of aridity. But the other two symphonies on the disc are altogether more memorable: No. II is notable for a grave Adagio opening movement and a subsequent monothematic Allegro which treats its main theme almost as a cantusfirmus, while No. 12, in the rare and radiant key of E major, sets a plaintive siciliano in Read more the tonic minor between shapely, thematically fetching outer movements.

The performances from Roy Goodman and his Hanover Band are very much in line with previous issues in their series. Tempos in Allegros are urgent and bracing, textures are colourful, with horns telling sharply at key moments, and Haydn's phrasing and dynamic markings are meticulously observed. Occasionally Goodman's enthusiasm leads him to press ahead of the established pulse, and the intonation of the violins can be vulnerable in exposed passages. With delicate, graceful articulation the Hanover Band do what they can for the Andantes of Nos. 9 and 10; but I did have reservations about the Adagios in Nos. II and 12, which need more considered shaping, more sense of the longer line, especially that of No. 12, where over-emphasis on strong beats can impede the music's flow. As usual, Goodman's harpsichord continuo is prominently balanced, inventive and (for me) sometimes a touch frenetic.

-- Gramophone [12/1992]
reviewing the original release of this title, Hyperion 66528
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 9 in C major, H 1 no 9 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1762; Austria 
2.
Symphony no 10 in D major, H 1 no 10 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 11 in E flat major, H 1 no 11 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1769; Austria 
4.
Symphony no 12 in E major, H 1 no 12 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Roy Goodman (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Classical 
Written: 1763; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

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