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Symphony No 91 in E flat 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: Largo – Allegro assai
Track 5 on CDH55125 [8'02] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Andante
Track 6 on CDH55125 [6'41] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Menuet: Un poco allegretto
Track 7 on CDH55125 [4'39] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 4: Finale: Vivace
Track 8 on CDH55125 [6'58] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Symphony No 91 in E flat major
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The Largo that opens Symphony No 91 is a more stately introduction than the more teasing affair of No 90, responding like Mozart and Beethoven to the ‘aristocratic’ nature of E flat major. Yet the Allegro begins in a deceptively simple vein, with its main theme little more than a near-chromatic rising scale played concurrently with a diatonic falling one. As the movement progresses, it becomes clear that this is another of Haydn’s monothematic creations: the chromatic idea is rarely absent and distinctions between ‘first’ and ‘second’ subjects are somewhat blurred, with the most obvious contrasting theme appearing in a tonally transitional context. As in No 90, the slow movement is in variation form with contrasting sections in B flat major and minor, though here the latter forms a ‘one off’ centrepiece. The minuet and trio are followed by another monothematic sonata-form finale.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1991

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Details for CDH55125 track 5
Largo – Allegro assai
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-52105
Duration
8'02
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 5
    Release date: February 1991
    Deletion date: June 2003
    Superseded by CDH55125
  2. Haydn: Symphonies Nos 90-92 (CDH55125)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: June 2003
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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