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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55113
Recording details: January 1992
Watford Town Hall, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: July 1992
Total duration: 22 minutes 30 seconds

'Absolutely charming … highly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

Symphony No 11 in E flat major

Adagio cantabile  [9'55]
Allegro  [4'32]
Minuet  [4'35]
Finale: Presto  [3'28]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Symphony No 11, like No 5, harks back to the old Italian sonata da chiesa—the church sonata—in its four-movement form, having a fully fledged slow movement (for strings and horns) before the main Allegro. This itself is a monothematic sonata movement in a deliberately archaic, pseudo-polyphonic style, yet denying none of Haydn’s motivic and harmonic modernity. There follows a Minuet whose trio is dominated by a descending, syncopated figure that reappears in the main theme of the Presto finale, an indication that as early as 1759, Haydn was thinking of the symphony as a motivically coherent whole.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1992

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