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Symphony No.72 in D Major


This is one of Haydn's most original works. It was composed in 1763 for the Esterhazy Orchestra, whose four horn players clearly were exceptional virtuosi, as Haydn spotlighted them with spectacular virtuosi solos in the first and third movements. The entire symphony departs from tradition as it is really an extrovert and highly colourful showpiece for the various sections of the orchestra - almost the very first 'concerto' for orchestra, in a divertimento style. The florid flute is featured in the second movement, whilst the last movement introduces a charming little theme and variations in the form of a dance like concertante for solo violin, cello and double bass. Finally the horns return to round off the work with a brief hunting flourish. The scoring is for strings, flute, two oboes, bassoon and four horns. An extensive timpani part appears to have been added later, and possibly not by Haydn.

Jon Tolansky

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