Winner of the 2005 Classical Recording Industry Hall of Fame Award
This recording was Telarc’s first with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and like Telarc’s Mozart recordings with Mackerras, this recording also takes into account the ground-breaking research by William Malloch. The third movements are quicker in pace and repeats are considered important to the balance of the work and are used throughout.
Haydn made many influential contributions to the world of music, but most important was his defining of the symphonic form. Before Haydn, there was no symphony, as we know it.
The two symphonies on this disc have titles, which candidly describe the music. Symphony No. 21 is nicknamed the "Hornsignal," because of the hunting horn-like calls in the first movement. Symphony No. 45 is nicknamed the "Farewell," because of the way the instruments drop out one by one at the very end. At its premier performance, each musician left the stage at the conclusion of his part as a message to their vacationing patron that it was time to go to their families. Both works show the humor and invention for which Haydn is best known.
Sir Charles Mackerras recorded for Telarc on many occasions. His Telarc discography includes: Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcraker" with the London Symphony, "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty" ballet suites with the Royal Philharmonic and the full Mozart serenades and symphonies with the Prague Chamber Orchestra.