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Symphony No 9 in C major
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'Haydn: Symphonies Nos 9-12' (CDH55113)
Haydn: Symphonies Nos 9-12
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55113  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
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Movement 1: Allegro molto
Track 1 on CDH55113 [4'04] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Andante
Track 2 on CDH55113 [5'00] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Menuetto Finale: Allegretto
Track 3 on CDH55113 [3'06] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Symphony No 9 in C major
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Symphony No 9 in C (1762) may well have its origins in an overture for one of the operas which Haydn was required to provide for the court theatre at this time, since it has no conventional finale, ending instead with a minuet. Where the work does show its originality, however, is in the handling of the orchestra: Haydn expands upon the conventional two oboes, two horns and strings by adding a pair of flutes (doubling the violins at the octave) for the slow movement and a solo bassoon (until this point merely doubling the string and keyboard continuo in the tuttis) for a brief passage in the Minuet’s trio. The Minuet itself is notable for Haydn’s penchant for odd phrase-lengths, opting for three-bar patterns in his opening idea, rather than the expected four-bar phrases that subsequently take over.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1992

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