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Symphony No 92 in G major 'Oxford'

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London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
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Recording details: October 2011
Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Produced by James Mallinson
Engineered by Neil Hutchinson & Jonathan Stokes
Release date: July 2014
Total duration: 27 minutes 24 seconds
 
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Adagio cantabile  [7'28]
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Presto  [6'06]

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'All of these symphonies' expressive strength and rigour, their invention and mastery of form, are laid bare in these revelatory performances which confirm for all time Sir Colin's reputation as a pre-eminent interpreter of Haydn's music. He doesn't hold back and relishes the warmth of Haydn's sound world' (Classic FM)

'Sir Colin Davis was famously disinterested in the historically informed school of Haydn, yet there’s so much tender affection for the music and appreciation of its wit and imagination as you just heard, that despite some stately tempi these performances are richly rewarding' (BBC CD Review)

‘The recorded sound is excellent, and final applause has been removed. This is a release to treasure for great music and magnificent readings of it (and one doesn't forget Sir Colin's previous Haydn Symphonies, like tulips, from Amsterdam) … and the front cover is quite striking in a feel-good way. Believe me, a couple of hours spent in the company of “Papa” Haydn and with a conductor who tapped so perceptively and benevolently into this imaginative and indestructible music (and which is so adaptable to a devoted and without-dogma approach, as here) makes the World a better place’ (ClassicalSource.com)» More
Haydn completed Symphony No 92 in 1789. A year later his employer Prince Nikolaus died, and his successor, Prince Anton, having few of the cultural leanings of his predecessor, disbanded the court orchestra. Haydn was immediately sought out by the impresario Salomon, who whisked him off to London. In July 1791 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Oxford and conducted his symphony in the Sheldonian Theatre for the occasion, whence it gained its nickname of the ‘Oxford’. It was indeed the ideal work to demonstrate his worthiness. The last symphony before the twelve London works, it sums up his symphonic achievement of the previous thirty years, with its refined introduction leading to one of his most motivically concise Allegros (yet again monothematic), whose liveliness contrasts with the poetic lyricism of the Adagio cantabile. A representative minuet and trio lead to the Presto finale, a cross between sonata form and rondo, with one of Haydn’s most engaging melodic inventions dominating proceedings.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1991

Haydn termina la symphonie no92 en 1789. Un an plus tard son employeur le Prince Nikolaus mourut et son successeur, le Prince Anton, ayant peu des penchants artistiques de son prédécesseur, licencia l’orchestre de la cour. L’imprésario Salomon vint chercher immédiatement Haydn, et l’emmena à Londres. En juillet 1791, il reçut un doctorat honoraire de l’Université d’Oxford et dirigea à cette occasion sa symphonie dans le Sheldonian Theatre d’où le surnom «d’Oxford» de cette symphonie. C’était l’ouvrage idéal pour faire preuve de sa valeur. Dernière symphonie avant les douze pièces londoniennes, elle résume la réussite des trente précédentes années, avec son introduction raffinée menant à un de ses Allegros dont la concision voulue ne peut faire aucun doute (une fois encore monothématique) et dont la vivacité contraste avec le lyrisme poétique de l’Adagio cantabile. Un menuet et un trio représentatifs mènent au finale Presto, qui tient de la sonate et du rondo; toute la partition est dominée par une des plus attirantes inventions mélodiques de Haydn.

extrait des notes rédigées par Matthew Rye © 1991
Français: Alain Midoux

1789 vollendete Haydn seine Sinfonie Nr. 92. Ein Jahr später starb sein Dienstherr Fürst Nikolaus, und dessen Nachfolger Fürst Anton, der wenig von den kulturellen Neigungen seines Vorgängers teilte, löste das Hoforchester auf. Daraufhin fragte der Impresario Salomon sogleich bei Haydn an und schaffte ihn schnellstens nach London. Im Juli 1791 erhielt Haydn die Ehrendoktorwürde der Universität Oxford und dirigierte im Sheldonian Theatre seine Sinfonie, die sich so ihren Beinamen „Oxford“ einhandelte. Sie war zweifellos das ideale Werk, um zu demonstrieren, daß er die Ehrung verdient hatte. Die letzte Sinfonie vor den zwölf Londoner Werken faßt Haydns sinfonische Leistungen der vergangenen 30 Jahre zusammen. Ihre elegante Introduktion leitet über zu einem seiner motivisch präzisesten (erneut monothematischen) Allegros, dessen Lebhaftigkeit sich vom poetisch lyrischen Charakter des Adagio cantabile abhebt. Ein beispielhaftes Menuett und Trio führen zum Presto-Finale, einer Kreuzung aus Sonatenform und Rondo, deren Verlauf von einem der gewinnendsten melodischen Einfälle Haydns bestimmt wird.

aus dem Begleittext von Matthew Rye © 1991
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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