Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Joseph Haydn Concertos

"Brautigam's instrument sounds particularly well-chosen for this music. It has a quick action and a wide dynamic range that makes the fast movements really sparkle, but it also allows sufficient legato to project the slow movements with an aptly singing tone. It's worth pointing out in this respect that three of the four middle movements (Concertos Nos. 2-4) are Adagio or slower, and Brautigam shapes them with remarkable taste and finesse. This disc constitutes a terrific adjunct to the complete sonata cycle. Truly, we are spoiled for choice. Fabulous!" --David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com 

Sheer delight!

Only the D Major, Hob.XVIII/11 has been known to me for many decades (Wanda Landowska's irresistible verve on harpsichord) but this brings the newer historical knowledge to bear, marvelously realized by Brautigam and Mortensen, with the expert period instrument group Concerto Copenhagen. Balance is perfectly natural, the fortepiano a little quiet for even a small period orchestra, as is so inevitably in live performance too. The slow movement is duly affecting between the fast Vivace and sparkling Rondo all'Ungarese.

The other authentic keyboard concertos of Haydn here (the rest of the twenty-one of them were for organ and often played during Mass - not so austere as in northern Germany!) are unaccountably overlooked. Haydn did not play them himself and the notes writer speculates that he did not seek to compete with Mozart in that area. --Peter Grahame Woolf, Classicalnet

MP3 320 · 163 MB

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