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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55112
Recording details: April 1991
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Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 1991
Total duration: 22 minutes 7 seconds

‘A very impressive disc, full of magnificent and imaginative music most sparklingly and freshly played and very well recorded’ (CDReview)

Symphony No 8 in G major 'Le Soir'
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Allegro molto  [5'19]
Andante  [7'57]
Menuetto  [4'26]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Of all the movements in Symphonies 6 to 8, the ‘Allegro molto’ of No 8 is the least concerto-orientated. There are solo passages for the wind instruments, but no more than is usual in any of Haydn’s other symphonies. The slow movement, however, adds a bassoon to the trio concertante on No 7, providing the cello with a duet partner to match the two violins. The Minuet returns to the instrumentation of the first movement and (again) features a violone solo in the trio. The finale is the most overtly programmatic movement in any of the three symphonies. Cast in a strict ABA form, it is nonetheless a vivid musical evocation of a storm, with a solo cello (imitating the opening violin solo’s rapid semiquavers) suggesting a distant rumble of thunder, a falling arpeggio ‘raindrop’ (or perhaps ‘lightning’) figure on the flute, and passages of dramatic unisons portraying, maybe, torrents of driving rain.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1991

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