Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante, Symphony No. 100 - Nikolic
PentaTone Classics PTC 5186300
Classical - Orchestral
Joseph Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante in B flat, Symphony No. 100 in G “Military”, L' Isola diabitata
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Gordan Nikolic (violin, conductor)
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Review by John Broggio - August 6, 2007
A very invigorating disc, full of delight and sunshine albeit a slightly short issue at just over 51 minutes.
Opening with the overture "L'isola disabitata", also featured on Haydn: Symphonies 88 & 101 - Fischer, the disc gets off to a tense and dramatic start with a more relaxed dance episode in the middle. The playing is much more biting than Fischer's Haydn Philharmonie. Using a harpsichord, Gordan Nikolic; directs a wonderfully alert Netherlands Chamber Orchestra with some really rasping brass.
The Sinfonia Concertante is a delightful work - one of Haydn's sunniest. The solo group (all drawn from the NCO) comprises of a violin (Gordan Nikolic;), cello (Herre-Jan Stegenga), oboe (Toon Durville) and bassoon (Margreet Bongers) and all have an extensive role to play. The accompaniment of the NCO is as biting as in the overture and after an eloquent andante, the finale opens in a manner that suggests a certain work of Beethoven before cantering away with typical Haydn zest. The soloists are exquisite in their playing, both in matters of technique and taste - one really couldn't wish to hear this work better played.
To complete their programme, the NCO under the leadership of Nikolic; play the Symphony No.100 "Military", complete with some very impressive drum playing. It is here were the corporate decision to be as HIP as possible comes into its own - the rasping brass, forward woodwind and razor sharp strings bring a life and elegance to this symphony that has not often been paired together before; too many HIP recordings have life without elegance and in the deeper past we were given elegance without life. The tempi are not especially different but the style and precision of attack give a verve to the playing that brings a smile to even the most jaded listener. Wonderful stuff!
The sound is one of the best that Pentatone have yet issued - one can almost reach out and touch the drums in the Military symphony so tangible is their presence and this could be applied to all instruments - they are all naturally present without a hint of spotlighting and the whole is a true symphony of sound.
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