Bach, J.S. - Ich habe genug (I have enough) (version for bass)
Barber - Symphony No.1
Barber - Music for a scene from Shelley
- Coriolan Overture
- Scene from "Vestas Feuer"
- Original introduction to Act 2 of "Leonore"
- Violin Sonata No.9
- Norse Legend (orchestral version)
- 2 Songs of Robert Bridges
- 3 Idylls for string quartet
- Symphony No.4
- String Quartet No.6
- Andante appassionato for string quartet
Haydn - Symphonies 43, 44, 45, 48 and 49
Medtner - Skazki, opp.26, 34 and 35
Mozart - Symphonies 25 and 28
Mozart - Piano Sonata No.2
- Symphony No.2, "The Four Temperaments"
- Helios Overture
- Suite from "Snefrid"
Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances
- Fantasy in C
- Violin Sonata No.1
- Piano Sonata No.5
- Allegro de Concert
- 2 Impromptus, op.12
Sibelius - 5 Pieces for violin and piano, op.81
Sibelius - Erloschen
Villa-Lobos - 12 Etudes for guitar
Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras No.8
This is one of those times when I look at the list and think, do I have anything I want to talk about?
It turns out the answer is, I want to talk about Haydn symphonies. It's taking a long time to work through the box of symphonies I bought in November 2016, but there's scarcely a disappointment in there. It's possible to argue there's a somewhat standard formula to Haydn's symphonies, but first of all Haydn practically invented that formula, and secondly there is a lot of invention and wit poured into that formula. So listening to each new work is always enjoyable.
And in September I was reaching the so-called Sturm and Drang period, where the symphonies are perhaps a touch more dramatic than before. Of the 5 symphonies listed here, 3 are in minor keys (though not all of them stay in the minor for long), which is as many as there were in 40+ symphonies before this. They're also larger in scale than before. So there's a great deal of interest in the music even after hearing a lot of Haydn over the previous months.
30 CDs of new Haydn is an awful lot to take on, but so far it's undoubtedly been worth it.