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Haydn: Cello Concertos, Symphony No. 60 - Viersen, de Vriend

Haydn: Cello Concertos, Symphony No. 60 - Viersen, de Vriend

Etcetera  KTC 5251

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Classical - Orchestral


Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Symphony No. 60 in C major "Il distratto"

Quirine Viersen (cello)
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)

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Review by John Broggio - November 29, 2006

A disc of extraordinary playing - this is so good that the playing on "period" instruments that it really does sound as though they could be using modern instruments in HIP. It has me smiling from ear to ear every time it graces my player.

With fast tempi, although never rushed, the ebullient music is frequently absolutely exhilarating - a very refreshing change from the staid approaches that used to abound the catalogues of LP & RBCD. The more reflective movements are given space to breath and sing.

Throughout Quirine Viersen has sufficient technique and an informed musicianship to shape the lines most convincingly as well as adding "impromptu" ornamentation that beautifully embellishes the music. The only manners portrayed in the concertos are that of good taste. The sheer energy and sense of vivaciousness is awe inspiring.

The symphony is every bit as delightfully characterised in typically witty music from Haydn and just as successful as the concerto accounts. The finale is one of Haydn's most remarkable (together with tuning from the violins!) and gives the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam a chance to shine under Jan Willem de Vriend - they not only shine but sparkle!

The recording itself is entirely successful, with a wide dynamic and clear textures that benefit the music entirely.

Enthusiastically recommended. I only wish that all Haydn discs were this enjoyable & look forward to hearing more from these artists.

Copyright © 2006 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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