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Joseph Haydn Symphonies and Nocturnes

Haydn symphonies with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Harmonia Mundi) and Nocturnes for the King of Naples with Mozzafiato and L’Archibudelli (Sony).

Joseph Haydn

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Detail of Joseph Haydn as painted by Thomas Hardy (1792).

Symphonies 91 and 92 “Oxford”

There is hardly a symphony by Joseph Haydn that fails to please, especially when performed by a brilliant orchestra. This is absolutely true for the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra’s 2005 Harmonia Mundi recording of symphonies 91 and 92. Directed by the inimitable Rene Jacobs, the performances are incredibly beautiful and filled with a commanding energy.

F.J. Haydn: Symphony no. 91 in E-flat major, III. Menuet: Un Poco Allegretto
Freiburger Barockorchester/Rene Jacobs — Symphonies no. 91 & 92 “Oxford and Scena di Berenice (Harmonia Mundi , 2005)
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Nocturnes for the King of Naples

Before discovering Mozzafiato and L’Archibudelli‘s recording of Haydn nocturnes, I was unaware that the pieces existed. Composed by Haydn in the mid-1780s on a commission from King Ferdinand IV of Naples, the pieces bring together winds and strings in the most ingenious ways. The ensembles’ performance is precise and excellently delivered.

F.J. Haydn: Nocturne #3 in C major, Hob. II: 32, III. Finale. Molto Vivace
Mozzafiato and L’Archibudelli — Eight Notturni for the King of Naples (Sony, 1997)
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F.J. Haydn: Symphony no. 91 in E-flat major, III. Menuet: Un Poco Allegretto
Freiburger Barockorchester/Rene Jacobs — Symphonies no. 91 & 92 “Oxford and Scena di Berenice (Harmonia Mundi , 2005)
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F.J. Haydn: Symphony no. 92 in G major, “Oxford,” I. Adagio-Allegro Spiritoso
Freiburger Barockorchester/Rene Jacobs — Symphonies no. 91 & 92 “Oxford and Scena di Berenice (Harmonia Mundi , 2005)
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F.J. Haydn: Nocturne #3 in C major, Hob. II: 32, III. Finale. Molto Vivace
Mozzafiato and L’Archibudelli — Eight Notturni for the King of Naples (Sony, 1997)
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F.J. Haydn: Nocturne #7 in F major, Hob. II:28, III. Finale. Presto
Mozzafiato and L’Archibudelli — Eight Notturni for the King of Naples (Sony, 1997)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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