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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55121
Recording details: May 1990
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 1991
Total duration: 22 minutes 51 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)

'Joyous performances' (Classical Express)

'Interprétations nerveuses, dynamiques, incisives, magnifiquement résolues et contrastées' (Compact, France)

Symphony No 75 in D major

Grave – Presto  [8'19]
Poco adagio  [7'52]
Finale: Vivace  [3'22]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Symphony No 75 also first appeared in print in 1781, though it too had probably been written the year before. It also has an English connection, though of a rather different nature. The symphony was performed in London during Haydn’s first English trip in 1792 and he reported in his diary:

On 26 March at Mr Barthelemon’s concert, an English clergyman was present who fell into the most profound melancholy on hearing the Andante (or ‘Poco adagio’, as it was more usually marked) … because he had dreamt the previous night that this piece was a premonition of his death. He left the company at once and took to his bed.

Today, 25 April, I heard from Herr Barthelemon that this Protestant clergyman had died.

The symphony has no other morbid associations, however. Indeed, the finale is one of Haydn’s wittiest, complete with sudden pauses, unprepared changes of direction, and a whispered coda that springs one last surprise …

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1990

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