Haydn: Eight Notturni, Hob. II:25-32

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COMPOSERS: Haydn
LABELS: Decca
WORKS: Eight Notturni, Hob. II:25-32
PERFORMER: The Music Party/Alan Hacker
CATALOGUE NO: 458 075-2 ADD Reissue (1976)
These delightful pieces were originally written for small chamber ensemble including two lire organizzate, simple mechanical street organs similar to the hurdy-gurdy, and were commissioned by the King of Naples who was reputedly an enthusiastic exponent of this instrument.

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Haydn subsequently rescored them, omitting the lire organizzate, for the celebrated Salomon concerts in London, and this is the form used for these period-instrument recordings. The performances, dating from the mid-Seventies, are generally stylish, though the tendency to bulge on long notes is occasionally irritating and, for me, the clarinet playing is at times too strident and dominant. Tim Payne