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Haydn: Violin Concertos - Augustin Hadelich (violin); Cologne Chamber Orchestra; Helmut Müller-Brühl (conductor)
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  1. Violin Concerto in C major, H. 7a/1
  2. Violin Concerto in A major ("Melker Konzert"), H. 7a/3
  3. Violin Concerto in G major, H. 7a/4
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The three surviving violin concertos of Haydn frequently take a backseat to other concertos in the instrument's repertoire. This is a puzzling state of affairs, for while Haydn's concertos may not have the sweep and grandeur of Beethoven's concertos and the Romantic works written after him, they are deceptively challenging to performers and in the right hands can bring audiences to their feet. The C and A major concertos were likely written for a violin virtuoso who, like Haydn, was in the employ of the Esterhazys. The ...