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Symphony No 8 in G major 'Le Soir'

'Haydn: Symphonies Nos 6-8' (CDH55112)
Haydn: Symphonies Nos 6-8
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Movement 1: Allegro molto
Track 9 on CDH55112 [5'19] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Andante
Track 10 on CDH55112 [7'57] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Menuetto
Track 11 on CDH55112 [4'26] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 4: La Tempesta: Presto
Track 12 on CDH55112 [4'25] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Symphony No 8 in G major 'Le Soir'
Of all the movements in Symphonies 6 to 8, the ‘Allegro molto’ of No 8 is the least concerto-orientated. There are solo passages for the wind instruments, but no more than is usual in any of Haydn’s other symphonies. The slow movement, however, adds a bassoon to the trio concertante on No 7, providing the cello with a duet partner to match the two violins. The Minuet returns to the instrumentation of the first movement and (again) features a violone solo in the trio. The finale is the most overtly programmatic movement in any of the three symphonies. Cast in a strict ABA form, it is nonetheless a vivid musical evocation of a storm, with a solo cello (imitating the opening violin solo’s rapid semiquavers) suggesting a distant rumble of thunder, a falling arpeggio ‘raindrop’ (or perhaps ‘lightning’) figure on the flute, and passages of dramatic unisons portraying, maybe, torrents of driving rain.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1991

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