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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: 15 minutes 8 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 18 in G major

Andante moderato  [6'40]
Allegro molto  [4'38]
Tempo di Menuet  [3'50]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
No 18 is one of the most antiquated of these works in terms of form. Haydn adopted (and adapted) the movement pattern of the church sonata, an instrumental form originally designed for liturgical use (in effect a larger-scale, orchestral version of the organ voluntary). The most characteristic aspect of this form is its opening slow movement, displacing the more characteristically symphonic opening allegro. The church sonata was usually in four movements, but here Haydn omits the traditional finale component. Instead, the symphony features, in addition to the ‘Andante moderato’ (which, incidentally, contains an opening theme in which Haydn seems to be alluding to the form’s Baroque origins in its dotted rhythms), a lively ‘Allegro molto’ and a Minuet and trio.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1993

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