Haydn: Concertos for Esterházy

November 7, 2018, 9:00 am

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Joseph Haydn spent much of his career as music director for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate in Hungary. This isolated him from other composers and trends in music to such an extent that Haydn said it, ”forced him to become original.” He wrote many works specifically for the Esterházy orchestra, including the three concertos featured here. The Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 were written for Luigi Tomasini, the orchestra’s concertmaster, while the Cello Concerto No. 1 was composed for Joseph Franz Weigl, its principal cellist. It is fitting then that the principal players of Gli Incogniti, leader Amandine Beyer and principal cellist Marco Ceccato, take the starring roles on this delightful recording of three Haydn masterworks.