Movement 1: Adagio – Allegro
Movement 2: Andante
Movement 3: Menuetto – Trio: Allegretto
Movement 4: Finale: Vivace
In the deliciously scored G major Andante Haydn contrasts guileless rococo pastoral with a turbulent ‘developing’ fugato episode in G minor that caps any previous Haydn symphony slow movement in physical power. After serenity is restored, a long cadenza-coda for two solo violins and woodwind drifts poetically from G to E flat. The minuet, with its echt-Haydnesque blend of pomp and earthiness, is a miniature sonata-form structure, the trio a captivating Ländler for solo oboe. Taking its cue, perhaps, from Symphony No 75 in the same key (a popular work in London), the finale is a quicksilver rondo fertilized by a single theme, with a mock-heroic D minor episode and a wind-band solo near the end. Writing to Frau von Genzinger apropos a planned performance in Vienna, Haydn stressed the movement’s delicacy and the need for ‘the softest piano and a very quick tempo’.
from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2009