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March of the Symphonies Nos 18 & 19

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Denis McCaldin Denis McCaldin | 14:56 UK time, Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the Stephansdom_sm.jpgRadio 3's sequence of symphonies is now into double figures and a pair of rarities are featured this week.

On Wednesday 4th March, I plan to listen to Classical Collection at 11.09 am for Haydn's Symphony No 18 in a seldom-heard recording by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra under Marzendorfer. This will be while I'm putting delegates' packs together for the Haydn Society's conference at the British Library over the weekend of March 14/15 (click the link for details). Unlike Nos 16, 17 & 19, which also only have three movements, No 18 in G has a minuet finale with high horns much in evidence!

Two days later, at the slightly earlier time of 10.25 am, there will be a chance to hear the last of this three-movement group of works. This is Symphony No 19 in D, played by the Little Orchestra of London conducted by Leslie Jones. Jones was a pioneer in producing clear, unfussy readings of Haydn's symphonies. This performance dates from 1959, along with the Hornsignal (No 31) and the Farewell (No 45). It would be good to hear what other people think of it.


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