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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55127
Recording details: November 1991
Watford Town Hall, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 1992
Total duration: 4 minutes 6 seconds

'Roy Goodman's Haydn series with the Hanover Band has been an unmitigated pleasure. This is vital and energetic Haydn playing where clarity and crispness are allied to a real flair for capturing the musical character of each movement. These endlessly imaginative performances are among the best of all period-instrument Haydn' (International Record Review)

'The playing is stylish and imaginative, the "clock" movement is beautifully paced and the balance of instruments is excellent, allowing the continuo fortepiano not just to fill in, but to make a distinct difference to the sonority' (Classic CD)

Overture to an English opera 'Windsor Castle'
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Two months after the premiere of Symphony No 102, the Prince of Wales (later George IV) married the Princess of Brunswick and among a whole string of musical events to celebrate the occasion was an elaborate masque, Windsor Castle, composed by Salomon and staged at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, during April 1795. Unusually, the overture for these performances was not by Salomon but by Haydn (though Salomon later added one of his own). This ‘Overture to an English Opera’, as it came to be known, drew admiration in its own right and Haydn later used it for his then unperformed Orpheus opera, L’anima del filosofo (1791, originally intended for London performance that year)—indeed, considering the similarity of themes in the overture and opera, it may well date back to the time of the opera itself. The overture is in what was to become the standard form of a slow introduction leading to a fast main section, here a joyous C major Presto.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1992

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