Wiener Philharmonia Trio

Haydn: Divertimentos, Vol. 6

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Virtually every genre for which Haydn composed, he composed for extensively. His string trios -- known more commonly as Divertimentos -- are of course no exception. This album is Volume 6 of the Wiener Philharmonia Trio's cycle of the complete Haydn Divertimentos, Nos. 30-34. Many of the later numbered trios, as described in greater detail in the album's liner notes, are of questionable authorship. This skepticism applies to all of the trios on this volume. Nonetheless, these contributions are in precisely the same vein as Haydn's earlier, more certain Divertimentos: light, jovial, and playful. Unlike the weight and sophistication of the string quartets, the Divertimentos are almost universally lighthearted. The Wiener Philharmonia Trio continues to do an exceptional job of capturing the effervescence of these compositions with light, but not superficial playing. Balance between the three players is completely natural, almost like joining the musicians in a small salon. Intonation is almost always as precise as other aspects of the playing, although seconds between the two violins are sometimes raise eyebrows. Whether already a fan of the previous five volumes or just starting out from the end, the installment is sure to delight casual and seasoned listeners alike.

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