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44th Symphony (Trauersinfonie)
Double Concerto for Violin and Harpsichord

ANNA MARIA BONDI (soprano), CLAUDIA EDER (mezzo), AXEL REICHARDT (tenor) and KÜRT KRATTINGER (bass) with the Choral Philippe Caillard
Les Solistes de Paris/Henri-Claude Fantapié
Jacques Francis Manzone violin
Françoise Petit harpsichord

Divine Art dda21212 [2CDs for price of 1; 74.05 + 46.11;
Recorded in Salle Wagram, Paris 1978]

Haydn's Stabat Mater had to compete with Pergolesi's famous (and more operatic) setting. This recording makes a strong claim for it to become better known. It is a major work, one-and-a-quarter hours long, and this account, with small forces under under Henri-Claude Fantapié, strikes exactly the right note; devotional and 'homely', not trying to be over assertive or virtuosic.

It gains enormously from an ideal acoustic at Salle Wagram in Paris. The second disc, a bonus, is equally desirable. A well-judged account of the intensely expressive Symphony No 44 is coupled with a charming rarity, one of his double concertos.

A great deal of academic research has gone into these recordings, with much owed to H C Robbins Landon. The liner notes are very full and the presentation is admirable. A very desirable addition to everyone's Haydn collection at the beginning of the ceebrations to makr the 200th annicersary of his death.

Peter Grahame Woolf





H C Robbins Landon


Haydn's wonderful Stabat Mater is far less well known than those of Pergolesi and other composers; this recording made in was a pioneering version using reconstructed scores and revised by renowned musicologist and scholar H C Robbins Landon. Also included is the even rarer , only discovered in the mid 20th century. The soloists are:. As bonus tracks, we include classic 1964 recordings of the 44th Symphony (Trauersinfonie) and the rare Double Concerto for Violin and Harpsichord, which features violinist Jacques Francis Manzone and harpsichordist Françoise Petit playing time: