Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Military Haydn by Jansons and Concertgebouw - A Definitive Performance

This is the hundredth symphony of Franz Joseph Haydn that belongs to his London edition. It is called `Military' as a result of the effects of percussion in the second movement and finale. I call this performance of Jansons and Concertgebouw Amsterdam the definitive because of the repeat which is honoured in the exposition of the first movement. Jansons is in full control of the dynamics of this symphony. There is also a solo trumpet that is kept off stage during the second movement. The percussion effects are great.At the end of the final movement, four percussionists march among the audience while playing to accentuate the military impact.

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