(Boxed Set, 7PC)
Haydn: Complete Concertos / Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn / Performer: Jan Vogler, Jolanda Violante, Federico Guglielmo, Michael Thompson, Conductor: Ludwig Güttler, Federico Guglielmo, Christopher Warren-Green / Orchestra/Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae, L'Arte dell'Arco, Philharmonia Orchestra, Number of Discs: 7. Although Haydn is deservedly recognised as one of the most important composers of the Classical period, his concertos are, on the whole, relatively neglected compared to those of Mozart and Beethoven. This comprehensive collection brings together his complete concertos, from some of his best-loved works, such as the Cello Concertos and Trumpet Concerto, to fascinating pieces that are comparative rarities, such as the Lira Concertos and the Flötenuhr Suites that Haydn wrote for musical clocks. All the works collected here are uplifting and engaging, and showcase the wit and geniality that are hallmarks of Haydn's music. The only set available in the market: the complete concertos for diverse instruments by Joseph Haydn, on 7 CD's. Haydn's early concertos still breath the atmosphere of the Divertimento: entertaining, sparkling and moderately small scale. His later concertos however are mature works featuring a demanding solo part against a symphonic background; this is Haydn the Symphonist, creator of 104 symphonies, the golden classical standard. Performances in true Haydn spirit, full of wit and instrumental virtuosity, by period instrument groups L'Arte dell'Arco, with violinist Federico Guglielmo and Jolande Violante playing the fortepiano. Other excellent soloists are cellist Jan Vogler and trumpetist John Wallace. Also included are the seldom heard Lira Concertos, a now obsolete instrument, related to the organ.