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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55115
Recording details: January 1993
Watford Town Hall, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 1993
Total duration: 16 minutes 34 seconds

'Delightful performances, stylish, spirited and deftly executed. Recording, documentation and playing time are all up to the standards set by previous issues in the series' (Gramophone)

Symphony No 17 in F major

Allegro  [7'22]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
No 17 demonstrates Haydn’s use of the more normal contingent of wind instruments (oboes and horns) in the symphonies of this period. They are still used largely as harmonic filler and in doubling the lines of the violins, while among the strings themselves the thematic interest is very much concentrated in the first violin part with occasional pseudo-contrapuntal interpolations from the lower strings. Despite this relatively unadvanced use of his instrumental contingent, however, Haydn’s use of his motivic material shows him already coming to terms with the rich rewards of true symphonic thinking. In the first Allegro, for example, a patchwork of motifs and short thematic ideas is held together by the constant running quaver movement. The slow movement is a stately, duple-time Andante in the minor mode and again for strings alone, while the finale is a succinct, triple-time Allegro of only some ninety bars.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1993

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