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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55122
Recording details: June 1991
Watford Town Hall, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 1991
Total duration: 21 minutes 4 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 77 in B flat major

Vivace  [8'10]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The most notable thing about Symphony No 77 is its finale, one of the first examples of a sonata-rondo form, literally a combination of sonata form with the rondo in which the C section of the A–B–A–C–A comprises a development of earlier material rather than a new theme. The preceding movements are no less distinctive: an opening Vivace with, this time, a true second subject; a leisurely, often restrained Andante sostenuto with the strings muted; and a Minuet of a vigour that looks forward to the true scherzo.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1991

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