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Long overshadowed by his renowned elder brother Franz Joseph, Michael Haydn’s music has been gaining recognition in recent years. With our crack team of the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice directed by Patrick Gallois we see this relative neglect as a golden opportunity; our ongoing series of Michael Haydn's works provides a welcome addition to Naxos' discography of the finest 18th-century music. This month's release of Vol. 2 in the set follows hot on the heels of our June release of Vol. 1 (8.573497), described by Gramophone as “... charming works … every bit the equal of many of Mozart’s youthful works and allowing a greater degree of lyricism than brother Joseph would admit in his symphonies.”
HAYDN, M.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - P. 17, 18, 22, 42
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Johann Michael HAYDN (1737–1806)
Symphonies, Vol. 2
Sinfonia in D major, P. 42 • Sinfonia in B flat major, P. 18
Sinfonia in E flat major, P. 17 • Sinfonia in F major, P. 22

Filip Dvořák, Harpsichord
Czech Chamber Phiharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Patrick Gallois

Johann Michael Haydn’s music has inevitably been overshadowed by that of his elder brother Franz Joseph, but his music represents some of the best features of 18th century classicism. These four Sinfonias span just over a decade, from the graceful combination of elegance and liveliness in the Sinfonia in D, the muted violins in the Adagietto affettuoso of the Sinfonia in E flat, the lovely sicilienne of the Sinfonia in B flat to the substantial Sinfonia in F, which features a solo violin and cor anglais playing together or in alternation. Volume 1 of this series can be heard on Naxos 8.573497.

Listen to an extract from Symphony in B flat major, P. 18:
III Finale: Presto

HAYDN, M.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - P. 15, 16, 19, 21
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Johann Michael HAYDN (1737–1806)
Symphonies, Vol. 1
Sinfonia in G major, P. 16 • Sinfonia in D major, P. 21
Sinfonia in C major, P. 19 • Sinfonia in A major, P. 15

Filip Dvořák, Harpsichord
Czech Chamber Phiharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Patrick Gallois

Overshadowed by his older brother Franz Joseph, Johann Michael Haydn enjoyed great esteem during his lifetime. There is evidence suggesting that the young Mozart patterned some of his compositions on those of Michael Haydn and the stylistic similarity between their music is such that several of Haydn’s works were long thought to be by Mozart, including the Sinfonia in G included in this first volume devoted to his Symphonies. All four of the lively and inventive works here were composed in the 1780s and specifically tailored for the Salzburg court.

About the Artists
Patrick Gallois
Flautist Patrick Gallois leads a highly successful international career as both soloist and conductor. At the age of 21 he was appointed principal flute in the Orchestre National de France. He held this post until 1984, when he decided to focus on his solo career. He regularly performs and records with leading conductors, collaborates in chamber music performances, and has been invited to appear as a soloist with major orchestras in Europe and in Asia. His conducting career has taken him to Japan, Scandinavia, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria and the United States, in addition to appearances in France.
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice
Founded in 1969, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice is one of the Czech Republic’s leading orchestras. It frequently performs at the Czech Republic’s most important festivals, including the Prague Spring International Festival, the Smetana Litomyšl and the International Česky Krumlov Festival, and at many important venues in Europe. Outside Europe the orchestra has played in Japan and has toured extensively around America. In addition to its work in the concert hall the orchestra regularly engages in operatic and theatre projects.
Other recordings by Patrick Gallois as conductor
Violin Concertos /
Violin Sonata in F Minor

Tianwa Yang, Descharmes, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla, P. Gallois
“…Tianwa Yang…proves an outstanding advocate, soaring aloft on the surging tide of Mendelssohn’s inspiration with captivating spontaneity and disarming sincerity.
…the ever-attentive Patrick Gallois judges the post-Classical gestures of the D minor Concerto to perfection.”
The Strad
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Violin Concertos Nos. 1-3

Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla, P. Gallois
“French violinist Fanny Clamagirand ... scores a coup with colorful, thrilling, and richly compelling performances of Saint-Saëns’ three violin concertos. The contributions from Gallois and his Finnish orchestra are superb.”
Strings Magazine
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“The Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, conducted by Patrick Gallois play with vivacity and discipline and Kraus’s wide palette of orchestral sound and effect is captured in a first class recording. A joy from beginning to end—several times over!”
MusicWeb International
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Other recordings by Patrick Gallois as soloist
Flute Concertos (Complete)

P. Gallois, Toronto Camerata, Mallon
“Patrick Gallois is a masterly flautist, and he gives a superb set of performances of these fine concertos … There is much sparkling vivacity in the allegros, and the expressive range of the slow movements, sometimes quite dark in feeling, is fully captured by both soloist and the excellent Toronto Camerata under Kevin Mallon. With first-rate recording this Naxos set now sweeps the board…”
Penguin Guide ★★★
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Flute Concertos
Nos. 1, 2 and 4

P. Gallois,
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä
“…if you’re a flute fancier, you are guaranteed to find Mercadante’s concertos scintillating entertainment, and Gallois’ performance of them will take your breath away. It’s a miracle they don’t take his breath away, as he twirls and twizzles his way through a seemingly endless triathlon of rapid runs, arpeggios, and register leaps without ever once missing a beat or showing the least sign of strain. This is flute playing on an epic scale, and it’s matched in kind by the 38-member-strong Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, amazingly well-led by Gallois as he’s playing.”
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Flute Concertos,
Vol. 1 - Nos. 1-4

P. Gallois,
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
“Veteran flutist Patrick Gallois…plays brilliantly in all works, always displaying a deft touch for dynamics as well as a brilliant, all-encompassing technique. Gallois, who has also been regularly appearing as a conductor in the new century, serves in that role here as well, drawing splendid performances from the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Each concerto is performed with spirit and a sense of utter commitment by both soloist and orchestra.”
Classical Net
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