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Symphony No 90 in C major
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Recordings
'Haydn: Symphonies Nos 90-92' (CDH55125)
Haydn: Symphonies Nos 90-92
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55125  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Movement 1: Adagio – Allegro assai
Track 1 on CDH55125 [9'25] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Andante
Track 2 on CDH55125 [6'38] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Menuetto: Allegretto
Track 3 on CDH55125 [5'37] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 4: Finale: Allegro assai
Track 4 on CDH55125 [4'47] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Symphony No 90 in C major
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Symphonies Nos 90 and 91 were composed one after the other in 1788. While all three symphonies recorded here open with a slow introduction, No 90 is unique among them in the way the ensuing Allegro takes up, more or less intact, the main melodic idea of the Adagio. The Allegro’s secondary theme is given to the flute, then the oboe, and shows Haydn’s writing for the woodwind already looking forward to the later London works. The slow movement is in one of Haydn’s favourite forms, that of double variation. A melody in F major alternates in an A–B–A–B–A pattern with a contrasting one in F minor. There follows a rather French-sounding Menuet (Haydn even uses the French title) with a delicately scored trio section. In the sonata-form finale the same idea furnishes both the first and second subject groups, the contrast being provided by texture and key. Key itself plays an important part in the remarkable ending to the movement. An extended recapitulation in C major culminates in what, to all intents and purposes, sounds like a resolute conclusion. But Haydn has a trick up his sleeve. He gives the whole orchestra four bars rest then takes up fragments of the main theme a semitone higher, in D flat major, and spends a lengthy coda bringing the music back soundly to C again.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1991

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Details for CDA66521 track 1
Adagio – Allegro assai
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-52101
Duration
9'25
Recording date
25 July 1990
Recording venue
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Haydn: Symphonies Nos 90-92 (CDA66521)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: February 1991
    Deletion date: June 2003
    Superseded by CDH55125
  2. Haydn: Symphonies Nos 90-92 (CDH55125)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: June 2003
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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