Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 6, 7, 8

Gavin Borchert

By Gavin Borchert

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Haydn’s “Morning,” “Noon” and “Night” symphonies.

Among the first works Haydn wrote after he joined the Esterhazy household in 1761 are these three brief symphonies, subtitled “Morning,” “Noon” and “Night.” Legend has it that Nicolaus Esterhazy himself suggested writing a symphony cycle based on the hours of the day, and that the works'frequent instrumental solos were gestures of greeting to the fine players of the Esterhazy court orchestra. The “Morning” symphony opens with a broad, majestic “sunrise,” continuing with twittering woodwind interjections which seem to represent birdcalls, while the day ends dramatically, with a storm painted in the finale of the Symphony No. 8.