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Haydn Symphonies Nos. 26 & 86 album cover showing Trinity Church in Boston, MA, USA

Haydn: Symphonies No. 26 & No. 86. Album by the Handel and Haydn Society

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Continuing their acclaimed live series on CORO, the Handel and Haydn Society presents one of Haydn’s early Sturm und Drang (storm and stress) symphonies – No. 26 in D minor. More commonly known as ‘Lamentatione’ because of its association with Easter week, Haydn incorporates an old plainsong chant of the Passion of Christ juxtaposing it against the furious opening theme. The later Paris Symphony No. 86, with its unusual "off-tonic" exposition, shows Haydn at his most inventive and expansive; richly scored it tests the performers’ skill and technique to the limit. Completing the programme is Mozart’s lively and vibrant Violin Concerto in G major performed by H+H’s inspirational Concertmaster, Aisslinn Nosky.


Handel and Haydn Society
Harry Christophers
Aisslinn Nosky


'This is a brilliant piece of programming for any number of reasons...' 'What an accomplished set of musicians they have at H&H' Slipped Disc

'Competition in the Haydn marketplace is heating up, so it's all kudos to Christophers and his players for such distinctive performances of these still underestimated works.' Gramophone 

'Haydn' symphonies from two different periods - Sturm und Drang and 'Paris' - are neatly bisected by Mozart's Third Violin Concerto, composed between the two. Sprightly playing.' BBC Music Magazine

Track Listing:

Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony No. 26 in D minor, Hob.I/26 Lamentatione
1. Allegro assai con spirito
2. Adagio
3. Menuet

Mozart (1756-1791): Violin Concerto in G major, K216
4. Allegro
5. Adagio
6. Rondeau: Allegro

Haydn: Symphony No. 86 in D major, Hob.I/86
7. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso
8. Capriccio: Largo
9. Menuet & Trio: Allegretto
10. Finale: Allegro con spirito 

Total running time:  69.12