Wiener Kammerserenade: Works by Schubert, Haydn and Mozart
That's a lot of good news, but the good news ends there. The problem is that the choice of the Haydn Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor, the famed "Farewell" symphony, for this project is likely to stick in the listener's craw. The final movement was reputedly framed by Haydn as a kind of musical vacation request—the players of the orchestra fall silent one by one until just a pair of violins is left. That effect is, of course, largely lost when the music is reduced to octet size—what remains is pleasant enough, but one wonders why, when so many other Haydn symphonies were available, this one had to be chosen. It's an in-your-face decision that mars the otherwise lovely results of this musical experiment.
© James Manheim, All Music Guide
|1||Overture in D, D.590||7:42||$1.49|
|6||1.Adagio maestoso. Allegro con spirito||8:06||$1.49|