Notes & Reviews:
This is the final installment of this major project to record all of Haydn's settings of British folksongs. For the recordings of the Scottish songs, Brilliant Classics have again teamed up two Scottish singers with the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt. When Haydn composed these settings Scotland was experiencing what was termed "the Scottish Enlightenment" in both culture and political influence within the Union. Haydn, like Beethoven a few years later, had a particular challenge when composing these songs. Haydn was sent the melody of the original highland tune, but no words! He added what were called "symphonies and rittornellos" between the verses, and these are often violently at odds with the sentiment of the lyrics! Nevertheless, Haydn's Scottish Songs were popular at the outset, even when much of his chamber music was neglected, and continues to this day to be an attractive backwater in his remarkable output.
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