HAYDN: SYM­PHONIES 39 & 45 (FAREWELL); YUN: CHAM­BER SYM­PHONY NO 1

Münch­ner Kam­merorch­ester/ Alexan­der Liebre­ich ECM New Se­ries 476 6188

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

The strange and star­tling stop-and-go open­ing of Haydn’s Sym­phony No 39 ought to be full of sus­pense and sur­prise. Alexan­der Liebre­ich takes the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties so well in his brisk stride – there’s no lack of en­ergy or zip in the play­ing – that some­thing of the es­sen­tial sense of un­pre­dictabil­ity gets lost. The fa­mous Farewell Sym­phony, with its re­duc­ing orches­tra in the finale, is more suc­cess­ful. Korean com­poser Isang Yun’s Cham­ber Sym­phony No 1 (1987) makes much use of slid­ing pitches and ghostly re­minders of the past; even at its most ag­i­tated, it man­ages to dwell in sta­sis, con­stantly sug­gest­ing some­thing sig­nif­i­cant that re­mains teas­ingly, frus­trat­ingly just out of view. www.ecm­records.com

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