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Notes & Reviews:
Johann Michael Haydn never quite reached the fame of his older brother Joseph, but still introduced an impressive oeuvre into the classical repertoire. J. M. Haydn's Serenade in D was composed in Salzburg in 1767. The ten movement work displays Haydn's affinity for chamber compositions. Founded in 1986, the Virtuosi Saxoniae is made up of principal members of the Dresden Staatskapelle. The ensemble concerns itself with 18th century European music, devoting themselves to the great figures of the Hasse era.
But during their lifetimes, that fame didn't matter. Michael Haydn was able to have a successful career, and was well-thought of by his contemporaries. And it's not that his music is bad. It's really very good -- it's just that brother Franz's is great.
The 1768 Serenade in D major is one of Michael's more frequently recorded compositions (his trumpet concerto holds the record). And in this case, it's the only work on the record.
Serenades were designed for light listening, and this one is no exception. It compares favorably to those of Mozart and brother Franz; short movements with simple and appealing melodies.
Michael's Serenade showcases various instruments, adding variety and interest to the proceedings. Violin, cello, flute, horn, and trombone all get some time in the spotlight. The Virtuosi Saxoniae perform in a slightly reserved fashion appropriate to the style. This was music designed to pass the time with pleasant listening, and in that it succeeds.
I wouldn't recommend the Serenade as an introduction to Michael Haydn. If, however, you're already familiar with his work, this will make a nice addition to your collection.
Submitted on 09/27/16 by RGraves321
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