Performing Haydn's concertos in a scintillating re-creation of Classical style, the small period ensemble Gli Incogniti has expanded its numbers to the size of a chamber orchestra, in keeping with the scale of ensemble the composer would have known at Esterháza, where he served as Kapellmeister. The virtuosic solo parts in the Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major and the Violin Concerto No. 4 in G major are skillfully played by the group's leader, Amandine Beyer, and cellist Marco Ceccato is a robust soloist in the Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major; both artists do an outstanding job of interpreting their parts with technical brilliance and tasteful expressions, thus balancing the showiness of the concerto genre with the elegance and restraint of the galant style. Beyer and Ceccato are enthusiastic players, so their energy and clean articulation give the music buoyancy and clarity, and they are met with a similar combination of vitality and precision in the intimate orchestral accompaniment. Harmonia Mundi places the soloists front and center, so every detail is crisp and fully audible in this superb studio recording. Highly recommended.
AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
|Violin Concerto Ho. VIIa:1 C major|
|Cello Concerto Hob. VIIb:1|
|Violin Concerto Hob. VIIa:4 G major|