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Haydn: Symphonies-No 6, 'Le Matin'; No 82, 'Bear'

Magazine article Gramophone

Haydn: Symphonies-No 6, 'Le Matin'; No 82, 'Bear'

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Haydn

Symphonies--No 6, 'Le matin'; No 82, 'Bear'.

Violin Concerto, HobVlla/4 (a)

(a) Aisslinn Nosky vn

Handel and Haydn Society / Harry Christophers

Coro [F] COR16113 (69' * DDD)

Recorded live at Symphony Hall, Boston, February 22 & 24,2013

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H&H Society and its leader HUH throw the spotlight on Haydn

This is the first all-instrumental disc in Harry Christophers's series of recordings with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston and the first devoted entirely to Haydn. The suspicion lingers that the best way to hear the 'Times of Day" Symphonies (Nos 6-8-the trilogy he wrote as his probation piece, so to speak, for the Esterhazy orchestra) is singly, rather than in a single sitting. This performance has all the attributes that display this music at its best--not least the witty, characterful solo playing of the woodwind in the opening movement, leader Aisslinn Nosky in the Adagio and, notably, bassoonist Andrew Schwartz and double-bass player Robert Naim in the Trio of the Minuet. …

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