Wiener Philharmonia Trio

Haydn: Divertimentos (String Trios), Vol. 5

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With this fifth volume, the Japanese Camerata label continues its survey of the complete extant Divertimentos for string trio by Franz Joseph Haydn performed by Das Wiener Philharmonia Trio. Of the five works here, three are in the more or less standard three movements, one is in the more unusual two movements, and one is unique for string divertimentos in four-movement form. In each case, though, the works are unfailingly charming and unendingly pleasant. Though not as weighty as his better-known string quartets, Haydn's Divertimentos for string trio have a lightness of touch, an elegance of shape, and a whimsicality of form that make them perhaps more initially attractive than the quartets. As played by violinist Peter Wächter, violist Tomás Vinklat, and cellist Tamás Varga, each work here is quite beguiling. Each comes with its own stylized Minuet and its own tuneful Adagio or Andante. One starts with a racing Allegro molto and another with a poised Adagio. One ends with a racing Allegro and another with a blazing Presto Scherzo. Though not meant to be listened to one after another, the occasional Divertimento will refresh even the heaviest string quartet evening. Recorded in 2004 and 2005, Camerata's digital sound is at once present and translucent.

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