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Haydn : Concerti per Esterházy

Marco Ceccato, Amandine Beyer, Gli incogniti

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To say that the concerto was one of Haydn's favourite forms would be a bit much, daft even. The man wrote a good hundred symphonies, dozens of quartets, trios, piano sonatas, fifteen or so masses and as many operas, and oratorios... Currently we know of three violin concertos (others being lost or apocryphal), two cello concertos (others... see above), one horn concerto, one for trumpet (there are no others) and at most about ten concertos for piano. Musically, they are fascinating works, but the level of technical skill they demand runs from moderate to a bit tricky. But the First Cello Concerto is not without its moments of difficulty, such as the rapid high notes in the final movement, and it offers some real fireworks.

It should also be noted that most of the concertos were written for Esterházy, specifically for the first soloists in the house orchestra of Konzertmeister Luigi Tomasini and first cellist Joseph Weigl. The orchestral accompaniments offered the soloists some fine backdrops: in particular in the second movement of the Concerto for violin in C Major , with the orchestra's string section accompanying the solo violin with a sort of lute-playing that becomes a kind of serenade à la Don Giovanni. Amandine Beyer takes up the violin for this recording, while Marco Ceccato deals with the cello solo – both members of the Gli Incogniti ensemble ("The Unknowns"), a fluid grouping that plays without a conductor. Their leaderless style means that the musicians all listen to one another: it's a lovely way of making music (and sadly rare in the world of orchestras). © SM/Qobuz

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Violin Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIa:1 (Joseph Haydn)

1
I. Allegro moderato
Amandine Beyer
00:08:44

Amandine Beyer, Violin - Gli Incogniti - Joseph Haydn, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

2
II. Adagio
Amandine Beyer
00:04:12

Amandine Beyer, Violin - Gli Incogniti - Joseph Haydn, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

3
III. Finale. Presto
Amandine Beyer
00:04:07

Amandine Beyer, Violin - Gli Incogniti - Joseph Haydn, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

Cello Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1 (Joseph Haydn)

4
I. Moderato
Marco Ceccato
00:09:10

Marco Ceccato, Cello - Gli Incogniti - Joseph Haydn, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

5
II. Adagio
Marco Ceccato
00:07:25

Marco Ceccato, Cello - Gli Incogniti - Joseph Haydn, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

6
III. Finale. Allegro molto
Marco Ceccato
00:06:37

Marco Ceccato, Cello - Gli Incogniti - Joseph Haydn, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

Violin Concerto in G major, Hob. VIIa:4 (Joseph Haydn)

7
I. Allegro moderato
Amandine Beyer
00:07:49

Amandine Beyer, Violin - Gli Incogniti - Joseph Haydn, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

8
II. Adagio
Amandine Beyer
00:05:51

Amandine Beyer, Violin - Gli Incogniti - Joseph Haydn, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

9
III. Allegro
Amandine Beyer
00:04:00

Amandine Beyer, Violin - Gli Incogniti - Joseph Haydn, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

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To say that the concerto was one of Haydn's favourite forms would be a bit much, daft even. The man wrote a good hundred symphonies, dozens of quartets, trios, piano sonatas, fifteen or so masses and as many operas, and oratorios... Currently we know of three violin concertos (others being lost or apocryphal), two cello concertos (others... see above), one horn concerto, one for trumpet (there are no others) and at most about ten concertos for piano. Musically, they are fascinating works, but the level of technical skill they demand runs from moderate to a bit tricky. But the First Cello Concerto is not without its moments of difficulty, such as the rapid high notes in the final movement, and it offers some real fireworks.

It should also be noted that most of the concertos were written for Esterházy, specifically for the first soloists in the house orchestra of Konzertmeister Luigi Tomasini and first cellist Joseph Weigl. The orchestral accompaniments offered the soloists some fine backdrops: in particular in the second movement of the Concerto for violin in C Major , with the orchestra's string section accompanying the solo violin with a sort of lute-playing that becomes a kind of serenade à la Don Giovanni. Amandine Beyer takes up the violin for this recording, while Marco Ceccato deals with the cello solo – both members of the Gli Incogniti ensemble ("The Unknowns"), a fluid grouping that plays without a conductor. Their leaderless style means that the musicians all listen to one another: it's a lovely way of making music (and sadly rare in the world of orchestras). © SM/Qobuz

Details of original recording : Recorded January 2018, Théâtre Auditorium, Poitiers (France)

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