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Rattle: Haydn – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey (DSD)

Rattle: Haydn - An Imaginary Orchestral Journey (DSD)

Rattle: Haydn – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey (DSD)

Composer: Joseph Haydn
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Format: DSD64 (dsf tracks)
Label: LSO
Release: 2018
Size: 2.04 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

An Imaginary Orchestral Journey (compiled by Sir Simon Rattle)
01. I. Introduction: Representation of Chaos: Largo (from The Creation, Hob.XXI:2)
02. II. The Earthquake: Presto e con tutta la forza (from The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross , Hob.XX:1)
03. IIIa. Sinfonia: Largo – Vivace assai (from L’isola disabitata, Hob.Ia:13)
04. IIIb. Sinfonia: Allegretto – Vivace (from L’isola disabitata, Hob.Ia:13)
05. IV. Largo (from Symphony No. 64 in A major, Hob.I:64)
06. V. Minuet & Trio (from Symphony No. 6 in D major, Hob.I:6)
07. VI. Finale: Presto (from Symphony No. 46 in B major, Hob.I:46)
08. VII. Finale: Prestissimo (from Symphony No. 60 in C major, Hob.I:60)
09. VIII. Introduction to Winter (Original Version) (from The Seasons, Hob.XXI:3)
10. IXa. Finale: Presto (from Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor, Hob.I:45)
11. IXb. Finale: Adagio (from Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor, Hob.I:45)
12. X. Music for Musical Clocks (from Flötenuhrstücke, Hob.XIX:1-32)
13. XI. Finale: Allegro assai (from Symphony No. 90 in C major, Hob.I:90)

This sequence was devised by Sir Simon Rattle for a concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He describes it as a celebration of Haydn as innovator: ‘I thought how wonderful it would be if all the most outlandish and particularly the most forward-looking pieces of his were all put together like a kind of “Greatest Hits”.’

Two of the excerpts are from the large-scale oratorios in German with which Haydn crowned his long career during his last years in Vienna. Two more come from a unique sacred orchestral work and an unusual opera. The rest are from symphonies, mostly written for the tiny court orchestra of the Esterhazy family at the family’s palace in Eisenstadt and its summer palace of Eszterhaza on the remote Hungarian marshes – where, as Haydn famously said, ‘there was no one near to confuse me, so I was forced to become original’.

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