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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55120
Recording details: July 1991
St John's, Smith Square, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: February 1992
Total duration: 32 minutes 50 seconds

'These recordings are aglow with aural warmth and tonal beauty; they bubble with vitality. Glory follows upon glory with Haydn's memorable melodies and wonderful harmonies leaping from page to the ear. These recordings sparkle with enthusiasm as well as a love of the repertoire' (Fanfare, USA)

Symphony No 71 in B flat major

Adagio  [11'40]
Menuetto  [4'00]
Finale: Vivace  [8'24]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Symphony No 71 most likely dates from the following year, 1780. It may lack the adventurous sonorities of No 72 or the sense of daring in No 70, but it remains a fine representative of the more straightforward Eszterháza symphonies. It opens with a brief Adagio introduction to a genial ‘Allegro con brio’. A generally peaceful Andante (the violins are muted and sforzando chords only briefly ruffle the flow) and untroubled Minuet (the trio is scored for two violin soli and largely pizzicato accompaniment) lead to an exuberant finale.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1991

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