Haydn: Complete Concertos Box set
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Naxos does us a great service with this release, bringing together mostly sparkling performances of all the concertos in one attractive, budget-priced box. Music historians haven't definitively determined which Haydn Concertos are authentic and which are spurious, so don't expect this selection to include exactly the same material as rival sets. For reference, here's what you get (where instruments named in the 's are those used in these performances):
Disc 1: 3 Violin Concertos, in D (Hob.VIIa:1), in A (Hob.VIIa:3), in G (Hob.VIIa:4);
Disc 2: Horn Concerto, in D (Hob.VIId:3); Keyboard [Harpsichord] Concerto, in D (Hob.XVIII:2); Violin and Keyboard [Fortepiano] Concerto, in F (Hob.XVIII:6); and Trumpet Concerto, in E Flat (Hob.VIIe:1);
Disc 3: 3 Cello Concertos, in D (Hob.VIIb:2); in D (Hob.VIIb:4); and in C (Hob.VIIb:1);
Disc 4: 4 Keyboard [Pianoforte] Concertos, in F (Hob.XVIII:3); in D (Hob.XVIII:11); in G (Hob.XVIII:4); and in G (Hob.XVIII:9);
Disc 5: 5 Keyboard Concertos, in C (Hob.XVIII:1) [Organ]; in C (Hob.XVIII:5) [Harpsichord]; in C (Hob.XVIII:8) [Organ]; in F (Hob.XVIII:7) [Harpsichord]; and in C (Hob.Read more ›
Haydn's music is always delightful and accessible, even when he is not at his best. This set offers the opportunity to explore both familiar and unfamiliar music and to hear how Haydn developed as a composer. The concertos begin with some of Haydn's earliest compositions from the 1750s, and, they conclude with a work of Haydn's greatest maturity following his two visits to London. In addition, these concertos include a small number of masterworks, including the trumpet concerto, two concertos for cello, and the D major piano concerto.Read more ›
The recorded sound is good here, so I cannot tell much difference. I have heard the piano concertos done on pianoforte with the period sound.
The piano concertos are something I was familiar with, as well as the famous trumpet concerto. All three authentic ones are here plus one "attributed" one in G. Sebastian Knauer does an OK job on the piano. Quick movements are standard, the adagios and largos a bit slower than I am used to.
The booklet that comes with it covers all of the Naxos Haydn catalog, so you have to look for the Concerto tab for the 6 discs you get. A nice section of mini bios of the performers at the end.
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This is an excellent set, with some of Haydn's lesser known works in wonderful performances in great sound.Published 23 months ago by phil
I'm no musicologist, just a guy in the audience. I found nothing at all to complain about in this box of great music. I recommend it without reservation.Published on October 30, 2011 by Shorty McCoy