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Symphony No 83 in G minor 'The Hen'
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'Haydn: Symphonies Nos 82-84' (CDH55123)
Haydn: Symphonies Nos 82-84
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Movement 1: Allegro spiritoso
Track 5 on CDH55123 [6'28] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Andante
Track 6 on CDH55123 [7'42] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Menuet: Allegretto
Track 7 on CDH55123 [3'54] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 4: Finale: Vivace
Track 8 on CDH55123 [5'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Symphony No 83 in G minor 'The Hen'
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Haydn rarely returned to the minor key for a symphony after the emotionally heavily laden works of his Sturm und Drang period in the 1760s and ’70s, but when he did, as in No 83, the result is on a par with the equivalent works of Mozart (whose own G minor symphonies date from 1773 and 1788). Though perhaps only Haydn would have counterpointed an earnest G minor opening with the naive humour of his ‘clucking’, major-key second subject, from which the symphony derives its nickname, ‘The Hen’. It is in fact a work in which the major key comes to dominate: the first movement itself is brought to a close in a triumphant G major. The Andante is in E flat major and is a movement full of dramatic dynamic contrasts, while the Minuet is perhaps a little more Germanic than that of No 82 and the finale is a sprightly G major galop.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1992

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