Haydn (Michael): Horn Concerto in D; Duo Concertante for Organ and Viola; Divertimento in G; 6 Minuets

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COMPOSERS: Haydn (Michael)
LABELS: Decca
WORKS: Horn Concerto in D; Duo Concertante for Organ and Viola; Divertimento in G; 6 Minuets
PERFORMER: Barry Tuckwell (horn), Simon Preston (organ), Stephen Shingles (viola); Members of the Vienna Octet; Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner
CATALOGUE NO: 436 222-2 ADD (1964-69)
The major pieces here are the quirky Horn Concerto, with its virtuoso solo part, and the Duo Concertante, which boasts a jaunty Allegro, lovely Adagio and curious viola/organ pairing. These Sixties recordings were made on modern instruments, so the sound is mushy compared with the sharper timbres of period performances. The playing, though, is first-class and Michael Haydn’s little-recorded music, from the cusp of Classical/Baroque, exerts a diffident charm. Graham Lock

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