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Classical - Released February 1, 2019 | harmonia mundi

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After having released his complete recording of Mozart’s Sonatas and collaborated with the singer Mark Padmore (Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann), Kristian Bezuidenhout continues to expand his discography with Joseph Haydn this time. Under the record label Harmonia Mundi, the South-African pianist emphasizes the whimsical and fanciful elements of a selection of Haydn’s works that were influenced by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, a composer from whom he learnt a lot and described with a certain fondness. Here, the Sonata in C major (Hob. XVI:48) is halfway between the Variations on a Theme and a totally unbridled fantasy, whereas the Sonata in C minor (Hob.XVI:20) unlocks the full dramatic potential of keyboard music. The later works on this album are contrasted with earlier ones such as the charming and spirited Sonata in G major (XVI:6) which is followed by two sequences of variations. This repertoire showcases Haydn’s inexhaustible creative energy as well as his ability to reinvent himself with each of his works. The performer relishes the performance here, playing on a Paul McNulty fortepiano modelled on an Anton Walter Viennese piano from 1805. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released November 15, 2019 | harmonia mundi

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Joseph Haydn composed around 15 masses between 1748 and 1802. The Missa Cellensis in honorem Beatissimae Virginis Mariae, presented here in this new release from the Akademie für Alte Musik and the excellent RIAS-Kammerchor Berlin conducted by Justin Doyle, is better known by the later name Missa Sanctae Caeciliae ("Mass for Saint Cecilia"). It's the most vast of Haydn's masses and his only mass-cantata in the solemn Neapolitan style, whose numbers alternate between arias, ensembles and choirs. It seems that Haydn had intended the composition of this mass to be a great coup: it is a deft mix of the "modern" writing of his day and the "baroque" writing of his predecessors. In his monumental biography of the composer, Marc Vignal notes correctly that Haydn's masses are first-rate, not only set against the production of his quartets or symphonies, but also when set against the religious music of his times. This recording, taken at a June 2018 concert at the Berlin Konzerthaus, completes a RIAS-Kammerchor discography which is already rich in choral works but which hadn't yet tackled Haydn's masterpieces. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Solo Piano - Released May 17, 2019 | Mirare

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Symphonic Music - Released June 30, 2014 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released October 17, 2017 | NoMadMusic

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Classical - Released November 29, 2019 | Il Loggione Records

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Classical - Released August 1, 2007 | Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

How much Haydn is enough Haydn? Now that all the symphonies have been recorded several times, now that period-instrument and modern-instrument performances are available, and now that original versions, published versions, and variant versions have all been documented, is there really a need for more Haydn recordings? More specifically, is there really a need for a second series of recordings of Haydn's symphonies with Adam Fischer leading the Österreichisch-Ungarische Haydn-Philharmonie (aka the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic)? After all, they had already recorded all of Haydn's symphonies label in the '90s for the English Nimbus in performances that were smart and stylish, and that set well with the composer's unique combination of high art, deep feeling, and good fun. If the performances are all as fine as this coupling of the Symphonies No. 97 and No. 102 with the Overture "L'anima del filosofo," the answer is yes. Fischer's understanding of Haydn's art has only grown deeper with time, and he finds more mystery in opening Largos, more emotion in central Adagios, more fun in Menuettos, and more exhilaration in closing Prestos here than in his previous recordings. Similarly, since its last outing on these works, the Österreichisch-Ungarische Haydn-Philharmonie has only gotten better. Plus, the inclusion of a less well-known Overture between the two well-known symphonies is an inspired idea, and, of course, the sound of MD&G's fine-grained, deep-resolution recording is an improvement not only on previous recordings, but on virtually anything except reality itself.
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Miscellaneous - Released August 2, 2019 | Bella Musica Edition

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Miscellaneous - Released August 2, 2019 | Bella Musica Edition

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Classical - Released February 1, 2005 | Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

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Classical - Released February 1, 2007 | Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

Founded in the late '80s just before the collapse of the Iron Curtain by Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer, the Österreichisch-Ungarische Philharmonie (aka, the Austro-Hungarian Philharmonic) had already recorded the complete symphonies of Franz Josef Haydn for the English Nimbus label in the '90s when it returned to selected symphonies for the German Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm label in the 2000s. And good as the earlier performances were, the later performances -- in this case, Symphonies No. 88 and No. 101 plus the Overture to the opera L'isola disabitata -- are even better. Familiarity with the entire body of Haydn's orchestral works has bred only deeper understanding and greater fondness in these musicians and the thousands of small but telling improvements in their performances. Listen just to Symphony No. 88's Menuetto and Trio -- to the swaggering upbeat into big timpani downbeat in the Menuetto or the evocative woodwinds in the Trio with the strings swelling delightfully behind them. In every moment of these performances, Fischer and his musicians show that sort of attention to detail -- and that kind of affection for idiom. Recorded in breathtakingly realistic sound in the main hall of Estrahazy Castle -- the room for which most of Haydn's orchestral music was originally conceived and executed -- this disc deserves to be heard by anyone who loves great music and great art.
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Miscellaneous - Released July 26, 2019 | Bella Musica Edition

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Miscellaneous - Released July 12, 2019 | Bella Musica Edition

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Symphonic Music - Released August 30, 2019 | NoMadMusic

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Classical - Released August 31, 2019 | eaSonus

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Classical - Released May 31, 2019 | Espressivo Records

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Classical - Released February 1, 2006 | London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Classical - Released May 29, 2019 | G Martell Classical

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Symphonic Music - Released February 12, 2010 | DA MUSIC-MEDIAPHON

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Classical - Released November 1, 2019 | iMD-Claudio Colombo