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Haydn – The Complete Early Divertimenti

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Catalogue numberBIS-1806 CD
Release date2011-01-10
Discs5
Total time345:50

Haydn Sinfonietta Wien and Manfred Huss have possibly done more than any other performers when it comes to spreading the music of Haydn’s earliest years, resurrecting scores which for decades and even centuries have been lying forgotten in archives. Their endeavours began already in the 1980s, and recordings of the composer’s Scherzandi (the forerunners of the symphonies) and many other works were released on the Koch Schwann label in the 1990s. Long since deleted from the catalogue, these have become collectors’ items, with asking prices reaching upwards of USD 150 even for used copies. Beginning in 2009, the team’s collaboration with BIS has resulted in new and important additions to the Haydn discography, such as Acide, the earliest surviving stage work, and a collection of rare arias composed for the opera house at Eszterháza Palace. But parallell to these new projects, the acclaimed recordings of instrumental works have been resurrected, and remastered versions have been released together with newly written texts by Manfred Huss, taking in the results of the latest in Haydn research. Previous such collections are the 6-disc set of Scherzandi, Baryton Octets and Lira Concerti (BIS-1796 CD) and the 2-disc set of the complete overtures (BIS-1818 CD). Forming a worthy finale to this series of re-releases, the present set of five discs includes all of the extant early Divertimenti by Haydn: works composed in the 1750s and 60s for ensembles of winds and strings in various combinations and typically scored for between 5-9 players. The earliest divertimenti reveal roots in the Baroque (with beautifully eloquent slow movements), but also offer ample evidence of the young composer’s powers of invention and eagerness to experiment, both in terms of form (the minuets suggestive of those in much later symphonies) and instrumentation – besides some spectacular writing for the French horn, Haydn was one of the first to use both the clarinet and cor anglais extensively. A common factor in the works including strings is the all-important, and often virtuosic parts for the first violin – here safely entrusted to the eminent Simon Standage, who is also the soloist in the Violin Concerto in C major Hob.VIIa:1 which has been chosen as the closing work of the box. Besides the recordings originally released by Koch/Schwann on five separate CDs, this set also includes 70 minutes worth of new recordings, focussing on the Feldparthien – those divertimenti which only involve wind instruments.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Composer: Haydn, Joseph
  ‘Divertimento a cinque’ in G major Hob. II:2 (1753–54) 18:27
01 I. Presto 01:19 $ 0.20 USD
02 II. Allegro moderato 04:44 $ 0.71 USD
03 III. Menuet 04:18 $ 0.65 USD
04 IV. Adagio 02:09 $ 0.32 USD
05 V. Menuet 03:53 $ 0.58 USD
06 VI. Finale. Presto 02:04 $ 0.31 USD
 
  ‘Divertimento a nove Stromenti’ in G major Hob. II:9 (1754–55) 18:17
07 I. Allegro molto 02:41 $ 0.40 USD
08 II. Menuet 03:42 $ 0.56 USD
09 III. Adagio cantabile 04:46 $ 0.72 USD
10 IV. Menuet 04:40 $ 0.70 USD
11 V. Finale. Presto 02:28 $ 0.37 USD
 
  ‘Divertimento a nove Stromenti’ in F major Hob. II:20 (1755–57) 19:01
12 I. Allegro 03:27 $ 0.52 USD
13 II. Menuet 04:11 $ 0.63 USD
14 III. Adagio 06:23 $ 0.96 USD
15 IV. Menuet 03:15 $ 0.49 USD
16 V. Finale. Presto 01:45 $ 0.26 USD
 
  Divertimento in G major Hob. II:G1 (1756–57) 15:24
17 I. Allegro molto 01:41 $ 0.25 USD
18 II. Menuet I 04:01 $ 0.60 USD
19 III. Adagio 04:12 $ 0.63 USD
20 IV. Menuet II 03:58 $ 0.60 USD
21 V. Finale. Presto 01:32 $ 0.23 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Haydn, Joseph
  ‘Divertimento a cinque’ (Feldparthie) in G major Hob. II:3 (1758?) 10:18
01 I. Allegro 00:58 $ 0.15 USD
02 II. Menuet 02:26 $ 0.37 USD
03 III. Andante 02:29 $ 0.37 USD
04 IV. Menuet 03:11 $ 0.48 USD
05 V. Presto 01:14 $ 0.19 USD
 
  ‘Feld Parthie – Divertimento a Sei’ in C major Hob. II:7 (1758?) 10:11
06 I. Allegro 01:41 $ 0.25 USD
07 II. Menuet 02:46 $ 0.42 USD
08 III. Adagio 02:29 $ 0.37 USD
09 IV. Menuet 02:04 $ 0.31 USD
10 V. Finale. Presto 01:11 $ 0.18 USD
 
  ‘Divertimento a Sei’ (Feldparthie) in F major Hob. II:15 (1760) 08:58
11 I. Presto 00:59 $ 0.15 USD
12 II. Minuet 02:29 $ 0.37 USD
13 III. Adagio 01:18 $ 0.20 USD
14 IV. Minuet 02:32 $ 0.38 USD
15 V. Finale. Presto 01:40 $ 0.25 USD
 
  ‘Divertimento’ (Feldparthie) in C major Hob. II:14 (1761) 05:29
16 I. Allegro 00:38 $ 0.10 USD
17 II. Menuet 01:06 $ 0.17 USD
18 III. Adagio 02:07 $ 0.32 USD
19 IV. Menuet 00:58 $ 0.15 USD
20 V. Finale. Presto 00:40 $ 0.10 USD
 
  Feldparthie in F major Hob. II:23 (1760?) 10:39
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22 II. Menuet 02:47 $ 0.42 USD
23 III. Adagio 01:34 $ 0.24 USD
24 IV. Menuet 02:52 $ 0.43 USD
25 V. Finale. Presto 01:24 $ 0.21 USD
 
  Feldparthie in B flat major Hob. II:46 (wrongly attributed to Haydn, 1782–84) 11:09
26 I. Allegro con spirito 04:27 $ 0.67 USD
27 II. Chorale St. Antoni 01:56 $ 0.29 USD
28 III. Menuetto 02:52 $ 0.43 USD
29 IV. Rondo. Allegretto 01:54 $ 0.29 USD
 
30 ‘March for the Prince of Wales’ in E flat major Hob.
VIII:3 (1792)
05:04 $ 0.76 USD
 
31 ‘March for the Royal Society of Musicians’ in E flat
major Hob. VIII:3bis (1795)
05:20 $ 0.80 USD
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Composer: Haydn, Joseph
  ‘Divertimento a 8to – Feldparthie’ in F major Hob. II:16 (1760) 13:27
01 I. Allegro 02:17 $ 0.34 USD
02 II. Menuet moderato 03:00 $ 0.45 USD
03 III. Adagio 03:48 $ 0.57 USD
04 IV. Menuet poco vivace 02:17 $ 0.34 USD
05 V. Finale. Presto 02:05 $ 0.31 USD
 
  Divertimento in D major Hob. II:8 (1761–62) 19:09
06 I. Allegro 03:16 $ 0.49 USD
07 II. Menuet 03:40 $ 0.55 USD
08 III. Adagio 06:13 $ 0.93 USD
09 IV. Menuet 04:18 $ 0.65 USD
10 V. Finale. Presto 01:42 $ 0.26 USD
 
  Fragment (Variations) in E flat major Hob. II:24 (1761?)
11 Tempo di Minuetto 08:28 $ 1.27 USD
 
  ‘Divertimento a nove Stromenti’ in C major Hob. II:17 (1761) 27:57
12 I. Marcia. Adagio 03:34 $ 0.54 USD
13 II. Allegro 04:58 $ 0.75 USD
14 III. Menuet 04:59 $ 0.75 USD
15 IV. Recitativo. Andante 05:40 $ 0.85 USD
16 V. Menuet 04:43 $ 0.71 USD
17 VI. Allegro molto – Andante – Presto 04:03 $ 0.61 USD
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Composer: Haydn, Joseph
  ‘Divertimento per il Cembalo col Violino, 2 Corni e
Basso’ in E flat major Hob. XIV:1 (1760–66)
14:15
01 I. Moderato 06:27 $ 0.97 USD
02 II. Menuet 03:16 $ 0.49 USD
03 III. Presto 04:32 $ 0.68 USD
 
  ‘Divertimento a Sei Stromenti’ in E flat major Hob. II:21 (1760/62) 16:36
04 I. Allegro molto 02:57 $ 0.44 USD
05 II. Minuet 02:46 $ 0.42 USD
06 III. Adagio 05:39 $ 0.85 USD
07 IV. Minuet poco allegro 03:11 $ 0.48 USD
08 V. Finale. Presto 02:03 $ 0.31 USD
 
  ‘Divertimento a Sei Stromenti’ in D major Hob. II:22 (1760–62) 17:06
09 I. Presto 02:28 $ 0.37 USD
10 II. Minuet 03:51 $ 0.58 USD
11 III. Largo cantabile 07:13 $ 1.08 USD
12 IV. Minuet 02:35 $ 0.39 USD
13 V. Finale. Presto 00:59 $ 0.15 USD
 
  Cassatio in D major Hob. II:D22 (1763–65) 12:52
14 I. Allegro moderato 03:57 $ 0.59 USD
15 II. Menuet 03:19 $ 0.50 USD
16 III. Adagio 01:54 $ 0.29 USD
17 IV. Menuet 02:53 $ 0.43 USD
18 V. Finale. Allegro 00:49 $ 0.12 USD
 
 
Disc 5
 
  Composer: Haydn, Joseph
  ‘Divertimento a Cinque’ in G major Hob. II:1 (1763?) 22:58
01 I. Allegro 03:15 $ 0.49 USD
02 II. Andante moderato 09:32 $ 1.43 USD
03 III. Menuet 02:07 $ 0.32 USD
04 IV. La Fantasy. Moderato (Tema con variazioni ) 08:04 $ 1.21 USD
 
  Divertimento in C major, ‘Der Geburtstag’ Hob. II:11 (1763?) 18:48
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06 II. Andante moderato „Mann und Weib“ 4' 04:54 $ 0.74 USD
07 III. Menuet 03:06 $ 0.47 USD
08 IV. Finale. Moderato (Tema con variazioni ) 08:37 $ 1.29 USD
 
  ‘Divertimento á tre per il Corno da Caccia’ in E flat
major Hob. IV:5 (1767)
08:03
09 I. Moderato assai 05:08 $ 0.77 USD
10 II. Allegro di molto 02:55 $ 0.44 USD
 
  ‘Concerto per il Violino fatto per il Luigi’ in C major Hob. VIIa:1 (1765) 18:16
11 I. Allegro moderato 09:18 $ 1.40 USD
12 II. Adagio 04:40 $ 0.70 USD
13 III. Finale. Presto 04:18 $ 0.65 USD
 
  Album total 345:50
ComposerHaydn, Joseph
OrchestraHaydn Sinfonietta Wien
ConductorHuss, Manfred
ViolinStandage, Simon

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