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Birth of the Symphony: Handel to Haydn

Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr

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- The Observer

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Saul, HWV 53  
1
Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
3:56
2
Larghetto
George Frideric Handel; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
2:08
3
Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
2:43
4
Andante larghetto
George Frideric Handel; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
2:04
Grande Symphony No. 7 in C Major  
5
I. Allegro
Franz Xaver Richter; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
6:46
6
II. Andante
Franz Xaver Richter; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
3:38
7
III. Allegro
Franz Xaver Richter; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
3:03
Sinfonia a 4 in D Major  
8
I. Presto
Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
4:21
9
II. Andante
Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
4:46
10
III. Presto
Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
2:53
Symphony No. 1 in E-Flat Major, K. 16  
11
I. Allegro molto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
4:39
12
II. Andante
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
3:26
13
III. Presto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
1:44
Symphony No. 49 in F Minor, Hob.I:49  
14
I. Adagio
Joseph Haydn; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
9:16
15
II. Allegro di molto
Joseph Haydn; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
6:41
16
III. Minuet and Trio
Joseph Haydn; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
5:49
17
IV. Finale: Presto
Joseph Haydn; Academy of Ancient Music; Richard Egarr
3:03
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:56
"A striking success ... expertly led by harpsichordist Richard Egarr and superbly played ... an attractive selection of symphonies by five 18th century composers to illustrate the 'birth of the symphony.'"
- BBC Music Magazine

The 18th century saw not only the birth of the symphony, but also its rise to cultural importance, evidenced by the sheer number of symphonies written (in excess of 10,000). This album presents an excellent survey of the progression of the symphony in the 18th century featuring the Academy of Ancient Music under the expert leadership of Richard Egarr.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Academy of Ancient Music Studio Masters

Producer & Engineer: Philip Hobbs
Editor: Julia Thomas
Recorded at Saint Jude-on-the-Hill, London, UK, 21–23 September 2011

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