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Joseph Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 31 'Horn Signal'; 70 & 101 'The Clock' / Robin Ticciati, Scottish CO

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 31 in D major ("Hornsignal"), H. 1/31
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 70 in D major, H. 1/70
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock"
Conductors Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording is the first of two which sees Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra present an overview of Haydn's symphonic repertoire. Ticciati's approach takes the best elements of authenticity present in period performances, but with the dynamic range, space, colour and life that modern performance practice brings. Ticciati beautifully highlights the lines, clarity and shape of the music, a skill he brought to bear in his Schumann symphonies recording which garnered several five star reviews and accolades upon release. Always popular with symphony orchestras Haydn has occasionally been treated a little too 'tidily', but these performances are alive and excitingly fresh. From Haydn's early period the Baroque influenced 'Horn Signal' has an almost Gothic tinged feel with highly contrapuntal elements. Comparatively, the first of Haydn's famous 'London' Symphonies, 'The Clock', has its focus firmly on the future. Due for release in 2016, the second recording in the series will include three further 'London' symphonies from Haydn's late period. Robin Ticciati's recordings have received many accolades: Critics' Choice 'Sound of 2012' (The Independent), 'Classical CD of the Week' (Sunday Times), 'Disc of the Week' (BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'), two Top 10 entries in The Sunday Times' Best Classical Albums list (2012 & 2014) and 'Recording of the Month' (Gramophone). Robin Ticciati is in his fifth season as Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He began his tenure as Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera in May 2014. Gramophone named Robin one of the top ten young 'conductors on the verge of greatness' and one of 'Tomorrow's Icons'. Scottish Chamber Orchestra celebrated it fortieth anniversary year in 2014; this is its twenty third recording with Linn.

Sunday Times, 23rd August 2015
Ticciati's decision to programme three symphonies in D major from different stages of Haydn's career is a clever and attractive one. Of his 104 numbered works in the genre, there is scarcely a dud, but these are all gems...The SCO revel in the brio, dash and pathos of this life enhancing music.

CD Review, 12th September 2015
They have a lovely feel for that early, more baroque kind of Haydn. They actually give us what is effectively a three symphony overview... with plenty of punch1 character and colour. I gather this is volume one - they are going to be releasing three more of the symphonies next year, and on the strength of this first one I'll definitely be listening.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
To compare Haydn's D major moods at the early, middle and late stages of his career, this is a valuable collection, finely recorded and beautifully packaged.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (2015-01-31&2015-02-01_2015-).



Reviews

Fantastic interpretation and performance of Haydn’s Symphonies 31, 70, and 101!!!
This SACD featuring Robin Ticciati conducting the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (admittedly an orchestra that is a particular favorite of mine) is a delightful sonic wonder from start to finish. Haydn’s music in all three of these works is so insanely well constructed that it clearly suggests to the listener that careful listening and study is in order. But there are so many places that make the attentive listener marvel and smile and the expressive genius of the various phrases and thematic material that it is genuinely pleasing to lose oneself in the listening experience.

Symphony No. 31 “Hornsignal” features a quartet of horns, and the resulting sound is glorious and rich and warm. According to the extremely informative (and surprisingly pleasing to read) liner notes, Haydn loved hunting and fishing while at the Esterhazy court in Hungary, and it is clear from the musical material presented that horns were a much loved instrument for the composer. However, at various points throughout the work, while it is known that the composer wrote specific material for members of the Esterhazy court orchestra, the complexity and cleverness of each section and its interrelationship to the others is not sacrificed in any way. The listener can’t help but feel that it was as much fun for the original performers to play this music as it obviously is for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. They sound great!

Symphony No. 70 was written (per the liner notes) to mark the re-laying of the Esterhaza Opera house’s foundation stone after a devastating fire, and Haydn’s music is jovial and playful and filled with unassuming complexity and counterpoint. From the very first note to the last, this work is truly spectacular to listen to, and a genuine pleasure to absorb from measure to measure. I very much appreciated and enjoyed the orchestra’s performance of this seldom heard work (at least here in the United States). It was worth the price of the disc for the performance of this symphony alone. Wonderful!

Symphony No. 101 “The Clock”, is named for the rather appropriate 2nd movement in that a ticking musical figure is used at the start of the piece, while the rest of the movement unfolds both cleverly and with unpredictable regularity. But it is sooooooo cleverly done, that the 3rd movement made this listener’s cheeks hurt from smiling so much at the sectional interplay and cleverness of the thematic material. The 4th movement brings the work to an emotionally and intellectually satisfying close, as only Haydn can.
The recording quality is unbelievable, and you can hear that the orchestra and conductor are having a fantastic time bringing this music to life. And it most definitely jumps out of the speakers and into your head – and it feels good! This is a remarkable recording, and absolutely worth the price of the disc. Buy it! You won’t be disappointed.

Submitted on 12/21/15 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 31 in D major ("Hornsignal"), H. 1/31
  • Conductor: Robin Ticciati
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (2015-01-31&2015-02-01_2015-)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1765

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 70 in D major, H. 1/70
  • Conductor: Joseph Swensen
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (2015-01-31&2015-02-01_2015-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: ?1778-79

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock"
  • Conductor: Joseph Swensen
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (2015-01-31&2015-02-01_2015-)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1793-1794