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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55116
Recording details: January 1994
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 1994
Total duration: 20 minutes 20 seconds

'Exhilarating stuff' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Invigorating versions of four early, very attractive symphonies' (Classic CD)

'Une incontestible réussite' (Diapason, France)

Symphony No 23 in G major

Allegro  [5'39]
Andante  [8'35]
Menuetto  [3'41]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Symphony No 23 is a more traditionally structured four-movement work; the instrumentation, too, is the more conventional set-up of oboes, horns and strings. The opening Allegro is dominated by its opening theme, which sounds almost Handelian with its dotted rhythms. The extended Andante, in C major, is for the strings alone, reduced forces that also have the minuet’s canonic trio to themselves. The Finale is a sonata movement, with Haydn’s favourite ‘hunting’ mode of six-eight rhythms speeded up into a veritable perpetuum mobile, and an early instance of the composer’s humourous bent displaying itself in the surprisingly inauspicious conclusion—the music just fades away into a pianissimo pizzicato chord.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1994

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