The Haydn Album The Australian Haydn Ensemble ABC Classics The Australian Haydn Ensemble burst on to the scene seemingly from nowhere five years ago, driven by violinist and artistic director Skye McIntosh. Dedicated to the performance of works from the late baroque and early classical period on period instruments, the group has a flourishing annual concert series and former NSW governor Marie Bashir as patron. McIntosh plays an 1820 violin by London maker Joseph Panormo, purchased for her in 2015 by an anonymous donor. Three Haydn works are featured: Cello Concerto in C Major, Symphony No 6 in D Major ( Le Matin symphony) and Harpischord Concerto in D Major.
Haydn’s well-known first Cello Concerto in C Major was presumed lost until it resurfaced at the National Museum in Prague in 1961. Cellist Daniel Yeadon reveals an ability to shape phrases beautifully here and with a poised enthusiasm. Ornamentation is carefully considered and in keeping with the period, and the virtuosic third movement sees Yeadon show off his agile technique. Haydn’s morning symphony depicts a sunrise in the first movement. Period wind instruments are used to lovely effect to depict the twittering of birds waking. Erin Helyard gives a wonderfully energetic performance as soloist in the harpsichord concerto, playing a French doublemanual harpsichord. The quick-paced Hungarian Rondo features Haydn’s mischievous side with its offbeat crushed dissonant notes.