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Haydn - Anne Hunter's Salon / Dorothee Mields

Haydn
Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777824   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The programming concept here is attractive: Haydn’s English art songs interspersed with a selection of his Scottish folk song settings. In the event, there are a couple of issues that militate against playing the entire program at a sitting, and we’ll get to them, but in all other respects “Anne Hunter’s Salon” must have been a pleasant place to be. Certainly Haydn thought so, since he set Hunter’s verses in most of his English Canzonettas in the first place, and the program paints a very plausible picture of domestic music making in 1790s London.

Dorothee Mields has a beautiful voice, pure and “artless” in the sense that she sounds equally comfortable in both the folk songs and the Canzonettas, some of which sound as much
Read more like folk music as makes no difference. Whether a function of the somewhat resonant sonics or simply a question of diction, though, it’s often difficult to understand the words at higher dynamic levels. Certainly the accompaniments by Les Amis de Philippe, on period instruments, are models of sensitivity and discretion.

The real issue with this disc, however, is the fact that the first ten songs or so, up to “O Tuneful Voice,” are all rather slow and droopy, even if lovely. Granted, the Canzonettas are generally lyrical and gentle, but Haydn set plenty of vivacious Scottish folk songs, and it would have been good to have more of them in between the more placid or pathetic pieces (e.g. The Woefu’ Heart, John Anderson, Mary’s Dream, The Boatman, and Langolee). With this caveat in mind, I can recommend this pleasing program with confidence.

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

1.
Spirit's Song, H 26a no 41 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
Written: circa ?1795; London, England 
2.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 91, Jockie and Sandy by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
3.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 9, The waefu heart by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
4.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 3, I love my love in secret by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
5.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 2bis, John Anderson by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802/1803; London, England 
6.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 252, Jennie's bawbie by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; London, England 
7.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 13bis, Gramachree by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; London, England 
8.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 134 bis, What can a young lassie do by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 1, Mary's dream by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
10.
Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a: no 34, She never told her love by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
11.
Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a: no 32, Wanderer by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
12.
Original Canzonettas Book 1, H 26a: no 30, Fidelity by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
13.
Original Canzonettas Book 1, H 26a: no 27, Pastoral Song by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
14.
O Tuneful Voice, H 26a no 42 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
Period: Classical 
Written: circa ?1795; London, England 
15.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 246, The Boatman by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
16.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 235, Langolee by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
17.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 173, Sensibility by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe
18.
Scottish Folksong, H 31a: no 168, Auld Robin Gray by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dorothee Mields (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Amis de Philippe

Sound Samples

6 Original Canzonettas, Book 2, Hob.XXVIa:31-36 (text by A. Hunter): 6 Original Canzonettas, Book 2, Hob.XXVIa:31-36: No. 2. The Wanderer, Hob.XXVIa:32
The Spirit's Song, Hob.XXVIa:41
6 Original Canzonettas, Book 2, Hob.XXVIa:31-36 (text by W. Shakespeare): 6 Original Canzonettas, Book 2, Hob.XXVIa:31-36: No. 34. She never told her love, Hob.XXVIa:34
Waefu' heart, Hob.XXXIa:9
John Anderson, Hob.XXXIa:2
Mary's Dream, Hob.XXXIa:1bis
The Boatman, XXXIa:246
Langolee, Hob.XXXIa:235
Sensibility, Hob.XXXIa:173
O Tuneful Voice, Hob.XXVIa:42
Pastoral Song, Hob.XXVIa:27
Fidelity, Hob.XXVIa:30
Jockie and Sandy, Hob.XXXIa:91
I love my love in secret, Hob.XXXIa:3
Gramachree, Hob.XXXIa:13
Auld Robin Gray, Hob.XXXIa:168
What can a young lassie do, Hob.XXXIa:134bis
Jenny's Bawbee, Hob.XXXIa:252: Jenny's bawbee, Hob.XXXIa:252

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