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Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Haydn: Organ Concertos
1CD | CC 72390 | 0608917239027
It is not easy to make a list of the organ concertos by Joseph Haydn. First of all there are some doubts about the author. Once ten concertos were attributed to Haydn, but now there are some serious doubt as to four of them are Haydn's at all. Secondly there is the choice of the solo instrument. In the second half of the 18th century the German word ‘Klavier’ could mean at least four instruments: pianoforte, harpsichord, organ en clavichord. The last one is the first to drop out, for instance because of the very soft sound, which makes the clavichord not appropriate as solo instrument in a concerto. The pianoforte is an instrument that gets a more prominent role in Haydn's later works and is not yet in the picture of his position as 'Kapelmeister' at the court of Esterhazy.
There are some indications that suggest that also Haydn himself had the organ or harpsichord in mind for instance for the Concerto in C Hob.XVIII, because he has written that down in the so-called ‘Entwurf-Katalog’ which he made of his own works.
In these early concerto's it is not about 'showing off' ones solistic qualities, but more about the creative mixture and combining of solo and tutti, and the finding of new colours and of course Haydn's always sparkling theme's.
'Van der Aa is not only an explorer who moves boundaries in music and other media, but also a composer of music without walking with fashionable minimal or spiritual winds, reconciling an unsuspected splendour with a tendency toward an ascetic way of composing.'' #4 Top Ten Frits van der Waa De Volkskrant- november 2010
'After a battering subsidy decision, Ton Koopman hang in the ropes groggy. With the Haydn Symphonies the terrier fights back" #4 TopTen 2010 of Guido van Oorschot De Volkskrant - November 2010
"[...] it is a new Koopman that we hear here. What stands out is the serenity that lies beneath the performance of this music. This has a very good influence on the depth and transparency. Nothing short though on liveliness on this CD." Thiemo Wind Telegraaf January 2011
"It's clear from the first note that Koopman is playing and nobody else. He improvises a fascinating continuo, where all other organists would neatly wait 'till it is their turn'. And that's just the beginning. A pleasure to listen to." Siebe Riedstra Luister February 2011
1CD | CC 72265
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