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Violin Concerto No. 4 | Concerto for Viola and Harpsichord
Michael Haydn, Joseph Haydn

Noriko Amano | Ryo Terakado

Violin Concerto No. 4 | Concerto for Viola and Harpsichord

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917298321
Catnr: CC 72983
Release date: 02 February 2024
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Challenge Classics
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0608917298321
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CC 72983
Release date
02 February 2024

"The very generous acoustics of a church in Haarlem certainly give a lot of warmth to these interpretations..."

Diapason, 31-3-2024
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Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) wrote four violin concertos, only three of which survive (No. 2 is lost). One of them is the Violin Concerto in G Major, Hob. VIIa/4, also known as Violin Concerto No. 4. It was composed around 1769, when he was the Kapellmeister at the Esterházy court.The style is typical of Haydn’s concertos of this period: very similar, for example, to his Cello Concerto in C Major. The orchestral scoring is for strings only. In this concerto, Haydn offers a full exposition of the aspects and attractions of the violin with elegant simplicity.

Michael Haydn (1737–1806) was one of the most accomplished composers of church music in the later 18th century. He was the younger brother of Joseph Haydn and an intimate friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791). The Concerto for Harpsichord (or Organ) and Viola is an early work that was composed between the years 1757 and 1762 when Haydn was Kapellmeister to the bishop of Grosswardein in Hungary (now Oradea in Romania).

The combination of harpsichord and viola is very rare in Baroque music. Although Michael Haydn could have considered pairing, for example, the violin and the harpsichord, the warm sound of the viola supports the harpsichord perfectly well.

Op hun debuutalbum brengen de topmusici van het Pearls in Baroque Chamber Orchestra verrassende muziek van de gebroeders Haydn. Het laatste Vioolconcerto (1769) van Joseph Haydn en het Dubbelconcert voor altviool en klavecimbel (1762) van zijn broer Michael: twee zelden opgenomen vroeg-klassieke juweeltjes. De artistieke leiding van de opname is toevertrouwd aan de virtuoze barokviolist Ryo Terakado en klaveciniste Noriko Amano, die het orkest ook dirigeert.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) schreef vier vioolconcerten, waarvan er maar drie bewaard zijn gebleven (nr. 2 is verloren gegaan). Een daarvan is het Vioolconcert in G majeur, Hob. VIIa/4, ook bekend als Vioolconcert nr. 4. Het werd gecomponeerd rond 1769, toen Joseph kapelmeester was aan het hof van Esterházy. De stijl is typerend voor Haydns concerti uit deze periode: vergelijkbaar met bijvoorbeeld zijn Celloconcert in C majeur. De orkestrale partituur is alleen voor strijkers. In dit concerto biedt Joseph Haydn met elegante eenvoud een uitgebreide presentatie van de aspecten en charmes van de viool.

Michael Haydn (1737-1806) was een van de meest talentvolle componisten van kerkmuziek in de late 18e eeuw. Hij was de jongere broer van Joseph Haydn en een intieme vriend van Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Zijn Concerto voor klavecimbel (of orgel) en altviool is een vroeg werk dat Michael componeerde tussen de jaren 1757 en 1762 toen hij kapelmeester was van de bisschop van Grosswardein in Hongarije (nu Oradea in Roemenië).

De combinatie van klavecimbel en altviool is zeer zeldzaam in de barokmuziek. Hoewel Michael Haydn bij wijze van spreken had kunnen overwegen om viool en klavecimbel te combineren, ondersteunt de warme klank van de altviool het klavecimbel perfect.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) schrieb vier Violinkonzerte, von denen nur drei erhalten sind (Nr. 2 ist verschollen). Eines davon ist das Violinkonzert in G-Dur, Hob. VIIa/4, auch bekannt als Violinkonzert Nr. 4. Es wurde um 1769 komponiert, als er Kapellmeister am Hof von Esterházy war, und ist in seinem Stil typisch für Haydns Konzerte dieser Zeit: sehr ähnlich zum Beispiel seinem Cellokonzert in C-Dur. Die Orchesterbesetzung ist nur für Streicher. In diesem Konzert bietet Haydn eine umfassende Darstellung der Aspekte und Reize der Violine mit eleganter Schlichtheit.

Michael Haydn (1737-1806) war einer der erfolgreichsten Komponisten von Kirchenmusik im späteren 18. Jahrhundert. Er war der jüngere Bruder von Joseph Haydn und ein enger Freund von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Das Konzert für Cembalo (oder Orgel) und Viola ist ein frühes Werk, das zwischen den Jahren 1757 und 1762 entstand, als Haydn Kapellmeister des Bischofs von Großwardein in Ungarn (heute Oradea in Rumänien) war.

Die Kombination von Cembalo und Bratsche ist in der Barockmusik sehr selten. Obwohl Michael Haydn beispielsweise die Kombination von Violine und Cembalo in Betracht gezogen hätte, unterstützt der warme Klang der Bratsche das Cembalo perfekt.

Artist(s)

Noriko Amano (harpsichord)

Ryo Terakado (violin)

Ryo Terakado was born in 1961 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. He started to play violin at the age of 4, and won 2nd prize in the All Japan Youth Musical Competition when he was 14. Ryo studied violin, chamber music and conducting at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 1983, he took third prize in the All Japan Music Competition. Upon graduating from Toho Gakuen, he was invited to become concertmaster of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held for two years.   Meanwhile, Ryo’s interest in Baroque music had been developing for some time: at the age of 19, he started to teach himself Baroque violin, and in 1985, he moved to the Netherlands to study the instrument at...
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Ryo Terakado was born in 1961 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. He started to play violin at the age of 4, and won 2nd prize in the All Japan Youth Musical Competition when he was 14. Ryo studied violin, chamber music and conducting at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 1983, he took third prize in the All Japan Music Competition. Upon graduating from Toho Gakuen, he was invited to become concertmaster of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held for two years.
Meanwhile, Ryo’s interest in Baroque music had been developing for some time: at the age of 19, he started to teach himself Baroque violin, and in 1985, he moved to the Netherlands to study the instrument at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague under the guidance of Sigiswald Kuijken, receiving a soloist diploma in 1989.
Since 1987, he has performed as concertmaster with Baroque orchestras in Europe and Japan including La Petite Bande, Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, and Tokyo Bach Mozart Orchestra; he made regular appearances with these orchestras to perform the concertos of composers including Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart. Ryo is also the current concertmaster of Bach Collegium Japan, and is invited frequently to Italy, Poland, France and Australia as a soloist. Since 1994, he has been one of the featured artists in the Hokutopia International Music Festival in Tokyo, where he made his debut as a conductor. His repertoire as a conductor includes operas by Monteverdi, Purcell, Rameau, Gluck, Haydn and Mozart.
Ryo is a faculty member of the Hague Royal Conservatory (Holland), The Royal Conservatory in Brussels and his alma mater, Toho Gakuen School of Music (Japan). He teaches regularly at Yonsei University in Seoul and makes concert appearances in Korea.
His discography can be found on the Ricercar (Belgium), Accent (Germany) BIS (Sweden) and Denon (Japan) labels.

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Michael Haydn

Johann Michael Haydn was an Austrian composer of the classical age. He was the younger brother of the much more famous Joseph Haydn.  Michael started his musical career as a choir boy at the St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. When his voice matured, he was forced to leave the choir and so he fully dedicated himself to composing.  He composed primarily sacred music and besides about 40 symphonies, partitas, works for organ and chamber music. Especially his masses, with a remarkable use of Gregorian chant, reflect the Austrian sacred music practice of the Enlightenment. His Requiem had a significant influence on the Mozart's Requiem. In 1757, he was named director of music in Großwardein and in 1762 he became the concert master and conductor of...
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Johann Michael Haydn was an Austrian composer of the classical age. He was the younger brother of the much more famous Joseph Haydn. Michael started his musical career as a choir boy at the St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. When his voice matured, he was forced to leave the choir and so he fully dedicated himself to composing.

He composed primarily sacred music and besides about 40 symphonies, partitas, works for organ and chamber music. Especially his masses, with a remarkable use of Gregorian chant, reflect the Austrian sacred music practice of the Enlightenment. His Requiem had a significant influence on the Mozart's Requiem.
In 1757, he was named director of music in Großwardein and in 1762 he became the concert master and conductor of the bishop in Salzburg. He stayed in this function for 43 years. In Salzburg, he befriended Mozart, who admired his work. Meanwhile, he composed over 360 works in this period. Michael Haydn is nowadays considered as one of the first composers who composed seminal works for male choir. He also teached Carl Maria von Weber and Anton Diabelli. Schubert, who undoubtedly knew of his male choirs, was brought to tears at his grave in Salzburg. The birth home of the brothers Haydn can still be visited today in Rohrau, where a museum honouring the two composers has been erected.


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Joseph Haydn

(Franz) Joseph Haydn was a prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets 'Father of the Symphony' and 'Father of the String Quartet'.   Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, 'forced to become original'. Yet his music circulated widely and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.   He was a friend and mentor of Mozart,...
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(Franz) Joseph Haydn was a prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet".
Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, "forced to become original". Yet his music circulated widely and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.
He was a friend and mentor of Mozart, a teacher of Beethoven, with whom he formed the First Viennese School. He was also the older brother of composer Michael Haydn.

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Press

The very generous acoustics of a church in Haarlem certainly give a lot of warmth to these interpretations...
Diapason, 31-3-2024

Thanks to a sophisticated recording technique and an exquisitely luxurious line-up of both soloists and the second string quintet, the sounding result is not only convincing but truly beautiful. The chosen line-up, with celebrities such as cellist Lucia Swarts and bassist Robert Franenberg, is a hit, worthy of the name Pearls in Baroque. Too bad it's already over after fifty minutes...
Opus Klassiek, 01-3-2024

...Terakado and Amano set the standard in Michael's double concerto.
Gramophone, 01-3-2024

The players pay a lot of attention to Haydns' gracefulness. The transparency of sound is beautifully captured by recording engineer Guido Tichelman, who knows how to control the rather spacious acoustics oft hew Doopsgezinde Kerk in Haarlem. What's also nice? The soloist plays his own cadenzas. Style-conscious and expressive. In the second part, solo violin, strings and harpsichord merge into a broadly singing unit. Music to dream away to.
De Gelderlander, 14-2-2024

With Joseph Haydn's Fourth (and last) violin concerto and the special Concerto for harpsichord and viola by his brother Michael Haydn, Pearls in Baroque presents a clear business card. The fun and experience are bursting off the CD with harpsichordist and artistic director Noriko Amano and violinist annex violist Ryo Terakado in the leading roles. Also featuring veterans such as Lucia Swarts and Robert Franenberg in the ensemble, alongside Japanese leading musicians such as baroque violinist Sayuri Yamagata and violist Yoshiko Morita.
Luister, 01-2-2024

"Baroque technique is fundamental," underlines Noriko Amano again. "Also towards the classical music. The early music culture is a culture of craft, of handmade instruments and natural playing. The historical performance practice is a form of going back to nature. And that's exactly what we need at this time. That's why we want to explore early music practice and everything that goes with it should be passed on and spread."
Luister, 01-1-2024

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