Haydn: Violin Concertos

Isabelle Faust, Münchener Kammerorchester, Christoph Poppen
61:41
Pan Classics PC 10353

This is a re-release of a 1997 recording and, if Isabelle Faust’s playing is meticulous (who would expect anything else from one of the world’s best?), the Münchener Kammerorchester are a trifle leaden-footed in their role of accompanist; essentially it comes back to the old question of articulating by different bow strokes rather than giving notes a little breathing space, especially in the bass department. The rather pathetic distant harpsichord would have been better left out altogether. So hats off to Ms. Faust for genuinely impressive renditions of these three fine pieces, but wouldn’t it be nice if she would re-visit them with a classical orchestra as her partner…

Brian Clark