Haydn - Symphonies nos. 8 ‘Le soir’ & 84, Violin Concerto in A major | Coro COR16148

Haydn - Symphonies nos. 8 ‘Le soir’ & 84, Violin Concerto in A major


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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16148

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th January 2017



In the third disc in their acclaimed series, Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society present a new live recording devoted to the master of the symphony – Joseph Haydn. This disc showcases Haydn’s Symphony No.8 ‘Le soir’, which completes the trilogy written for Prince Paul Anton Esterházy. Also included is the later Symphony No.84 which shows just how much Haydn’s symphonies had transformed from those early years. Not only is it an incredible fusion of grace, brilliance and warmth but it also contains one of the most striking wind band solos in all of his ‘Paris’ Symphonies. Completing the programme is the Violin Concerto in A major performed by the Handel and Haydn Society’s fiery and expressive concertmaster, Aisslinn Nosky.

The Handel and Haydn Society is America's oldest continuously operating arts organisation. Harry Christophers has been Artistic Director since 2008.

‘Christophers is tender and dreamy in the Andante, ebullient in the Menuet, with a nicely contrasted Trio. The Vivace finale hunts in all directions, perhaps looking for dinner, but the hen escapes unscathed.’ – The Boston Globe on Symphonies 7 & 83


This is the third in the Boston-based Handel and Haydn’s Society’s live recordings of Haydn symphonies for Coro. Symphony No 8, Le Soir, joins their earlier recordings of Le Matin and Le Midi to complete the Esterházy trilogy of 1761. It follows the others in its concerto grosso pattern, with some fine solo work from all parts of the orchestra (and lovely, though uncredited, theorbo playing). Aisslinn Nosky makes us listen anew to the Violin Concerto in A major, and the wind section excels in the sophisticated Symphony No 84.  Stephen Pritchard
The Observer 5 February 2017

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