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Symphony No 75 in D major

'Haydn: Symphonies Nos 73-75' (CDH55121)
Haydn: Symphonies Nos 73-75
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Movement 1: Grave – Presto
Track 9 on CDH55121 [8'19] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Poco adagio
Track 10 on CDH55121 [7'52] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Menuetto: Allegretto
Track 11 on CDH55121 [3'18] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 4: Finale: Vivace
Track 12 on CDH55121 [3'22] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Symphony No 75 in D major
Symphony No 75 also first appeared in print in 1781, though it too had probably been written the year before. It also has an English connection, though of a rather different nature. The symphony was performed in London during Haydn’s first English trip in 1792 and he reported in his diary:

On 26 March at Mr Barthelemon’s concert, an English clergyman was present who fell into the most profound melancholy on hearing the Andante (or ‘Poco adagio’, as it was more usually marked) … because he had dreamt the previous night that this piece was a premonition of his death. He left the company at once and took to his bed.

Today, 25 April, I heard from Herr Barthelemon that this Protestant clergyman had died.

The symphony has no other morbid associations, however. Indeed, the finale is one of Haydn’s wittiest, complete with sudden pauses, unprepared changes of direction, and a whispered coda that springs one last surprise …

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1990

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