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Haydn 2032, Vol. 5: L'homme de genie / Antonini, Kammerorchester Basel [Vinyl]


Release Date: 11/03/2017 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: Alpha677  
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnJoseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Haydn2032, the ambitious project of recording the complete symphonies of Haydn, has been placed from the start under the artistic direction of Giovanni Antonini, with two ensembles, Il Giardino Armonico, which made the first four volumes, and the Kammerochester Basel, to which this fifth volume and the next two are assigned. Another characteristic of the edition is that each time Haydn is set in perspective with another composer; here it is Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-92): ‘Kraus was the first man of genius that I met. Why did he have to die? It is an irreparable loss for our art. The Symphony in C minor he wrote in Vienna specially for me is a work which will be considered a masterpiece in every century’, said Haydn in 1797. Though he long Read more remained forgotten after his death, Kraus made an active contribution to the movement of poetic renewal called ‘Sturm und Drang’ or ‘Geniezeit’ (time of genius) because such artists as the young Goethe broke free of all tradition to follow their hearts alone. When Haydn called Kraus homme de genie, in French, he probably had this context in mind. The two composers had met in Vienna in 1783. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 80 in D minor, H 1 no 80 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
2.
Symphony no 81 in G major, H 1 no 81 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
3.
Symphony in C minor, VB 142 "Wiener Sinfonie" by Joseph Martin Kraus
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Austria 
4.
Symphony no 19 in D major, H 1 no 19 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1766; Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A promising new direction for Haydn 2032 November 19, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Giovanni Antonini shifts gears with this fifth issue of his wonderful Haydn 2032 recordings, in the lead-up to the Haydn Tri-Centennial. This is a great series; volume 3 was my top release from last year. Instead of the marvellous Il Giardino Armonico, he now directs the Kammerorchester Basel, which will also get the call in volumes 6 and 7. What's the word on this new reliever from the bullpen? It's very good news indeed. Though both play on original instruments, the Basel orchestra is considerably larger than Il Giardino, 6:6:5:3:2 in the strings versus 4:4:2:2:2. But though there's a fuller, richer, sound that's more appropriate for Haydn's Symphonies 80 and 81 from the mid-1780s, this is a very tight band that gives Antonini all the grace and lightness that Haydn still requires. I know these symphonies very well; my default version of Haydn's Symphonies is Adam Fischer's set with the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, and the Basel musicians come close to this high standard. Stripped down to a smaller ensemble for the slight but charming (and fun) Symphony 19, we here have the same nimbleness of Il Giardino with all of expressiveness. Haydn is great (great? - he's super-great!), but the star of the show here is Joseph Martin Kraus, an exact contemporary of Mozart, and a composer not too terribly far off in quality from the two great classical composers of the period. His Symphony in C minor is an outright work of genius. I slightly prefer this version over the very good Concerto Köln recording from 1992; the new recording is as theatrical, but its cooler temperature shows off its classical bones better. A final note, once again, on Alpha's fabulous presentation for this series. The notes (in three languages) are excellent, and the featured photographs by a Magnum artist, in this case Stewart Franklin, are especially apposite. I await volume six with the Kraus Symphony set on repeat...." Report Abuse
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