Toronto Chamber Orchestra
This final volume of the Haydn complete symphonies features the beautifully crafted and dramatic Symphony No. 62, one of the relatively unknown middle period symphonies composed around 1780 at Eszterháza when Haydn, increasingly busy with theatrical activities, often adapted his stage works into symphonies.
The Symphonies later numbered Nos. 107 and 108 are in fact early works, dating from the 1750s before Haydn joined the Esterházy establishment. Both are scored for pairs of oboes and horns with strings and harpsichord continuo.
“Before [8.557657] arrived, I'd never heard of Mallon or his Toronto ensemble before. My loss. The instrumentalists (modern instruments) play with spirit and energy and lovely tone, and Mallon guides them perfectly….The recorded sound is lovely, and Naxos offers decent notes.”
American Record Guide