[ Harmonia Mundi / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 15 September 2023
Commissioned by the Comte d'Ogny for the Le Concert de la Loge Olympique, the 'Paris' Symphonies form a key milestone in Haydn's output.
William Christie and Les Arts Florissants have long loved these highly original works and offer us an exhilaratingly elegant and poetic reading of four of them.
The coupling is the all-too-rarely played Violin Concerto No.1, here directed by the soloist Théotime Langlois de Swarte.
"Christie's enthusiasm for the symphonies is never in doubt, but he can be curiously down to earth at times." BBC Music
Symphony No. 84 in E flat major
Symphony No. 85 in B flat major 'La Reine'
Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob.VIIa:1
Symphony No. 86 in D major
Symphony No. 87 in A major