Of Haydn's two cello concertos, the second one (to my ears the more fun and interesting one) was only discovered in the 1960s; the last movement zips by, and Quirine Viersen plays with a dazzling electricity here. The Symphony No. 60 is Haydn's weirdest; it's a suite of six movements that began life as incidental music to a comedy, Il distratto — roughly, “The Distracted One.” The music seems to be as addled and forgetful as the play's title character. The slow movements keep drifting off here and there — Haydn has composed A.D.D. right into his score — and in the last movement, the instruments have apparently even forgot to tune. The blasting opening is interrupted, to surreal effect, so they can do so.
By George Grella on 08.13.11 in Reviews
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