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Joseph Haydn
    • Divertimento in D für Baryton, 2 Hörner, Viola und Basso (Violoncello und Kontrabass) Hob. X:10
  1. Adagio 6'06
  2. Allegro 4'19
  3. Menuetto 3'28
    • Divertimento Es-dur für Horn, Violine und Violoncello Hob. IV:5
  4. Moderato assai 5'07
  5. Allegro di molto 3'03
    • Divertimento in C "Der Geburtstag" für Flöte, Oboe, 2 Violinen, Basso Continuo (Violoncello, Kontrabass und Cembalo) Hob. II:11
  6. Presto 2'13
  7. Andante moderato "Mann und Weib" 4'56
  8. Menuet 3'05
  9. Finale: Thema con variazioni - Moderato 8'45
    • Divertimento (Cassatio) in G für 2 Oboen, 2 Hörner, 2 Violinen, 2 Bratschen, Violoncello und Kontrabass Hob. II:G1
  10. Allegro molto 1'42
  11. Menuet I 4'04
  12. Adagio 4'18
  13. Menuet II 4'01
  14. Finale: Presto 1'41

  • Manfred Huss, Conductor
  • Haydn Sinfonietta Wien

  • Koch Schwann
  • 3-1482-2
Haydn's divertimenti belong to a period of his life about which we have next to no reliable knowledge. Up to about 1757, when he was 25, Haydn was dependent on casual work as a musician to keep his head above water.

The Divertimento (Quintet) in D Hob.X/10 for baryton, two horns, viola and double bass belongs to Haydn's second divertimento phase and was written for Prince Esterházy. However, the bravura horn parts and the fact that the work as survived in a single copy left by the horn player Carl Franz indicate that Haydn had composed it with this eminent soloist in mind. The work, in three movements, is based on a now vanished Wind Divertimento (Hob II/5) which may have had five movements.

The Divertimento in E flat Hob.IV/5, a trio for horn, violin and cello, is a true virtuoso piece. Like all the demanding horn parts Haydn wrote between 1763 and 1776, it was composed for Carl Franz, who was a member of the Esterházy court band during that time. Prince Nicolaus I had a special affection for the horn and liked to have his favourite horn players always to hand to achieve miracles in the music specially written for them.

The popular Divertimento in C Hob.II/11, 'The Birthday', is in four movements, witha final movement very similar in layout to those of Symphonies nos. 13 and 72 written in 1763. The second movement bears the title 'Husband and Wife'; if the two violins, moving intimately in octaves, symbolise a married couple perhaps celebrating a birthday, this may have been one of Haydn's musical jokes, and it may have contributed, along with the appealing melody, to the work's rapidly established popularity.

The Divertimento in G Hob.II/G1, like its parallel work, the Divertimento in G Hob.II/9, radiates the joie de vivre and vitality of its high-spirited and brilliant young composer. Slow movements as in this Divertimento, with a lyrical violin solo soaring above a pizzicato accompaniment, made Haydn's work so instantly popular that his ideas were very soon being copied by other composers.

Manfred Huss
Adapted from the CD-Booklet

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