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During his master's absence, Haydn had the main harpsichord serviced and did some practice. The result can be heard in the second movement of the cantata he wrote to welcome Nicolaus back. It begins with the two female soloists, continues with a choral version of similar material, and burgeons into Haydn's virtuosic aural attempt at Nicolaus's Frankfurt fireworks [listen -- track 8, 0:00-1:10]. Haydn and the harpsichord obviously remained up to scratch for the next December nameday. Here too Johanna Stojkovic displays a comparable agility [listen -- track 10, 1:33-2:23]. The three works are performed with a brilliance and neatness that does the whole team under Andreas Spering maximum credit.

Copyright © 9 October 2002 Robert Anderson, London, UK


Haydn: Cantates pour les Esterházy

HMC 901765 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 57'35" 2002 harmonia mundi sa

Sunhae Im, soprano; Johanna Stojkovic, soprano; Max Ciolek, tenor; VokalEnsemble Köln; Cappella Coloniensis des WDR; Andreas Spering, director (Cantates pour les Esterházy); Nicholas Kraemer, director (Symphonie No 12)

Destatevi, o miei fidi, H XXIVa:2 in G; Al Tuo arrivo felice, H XXIVa:3 in C; Qual dubbio ormai, H XXIVa:4 in A; Symphonie No 12, H I:12 in E



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