Album: Joseph and Michael Haydn, Horn Concertos (Channel Classics)

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Technically faultless, with a gleaming, heroic tone, the Concertgebouw's principal horn player Jasper de Waal barely breaks a sweat in this decorous selection of aristocratic background music from the two Haydns.

The Romance and the Divertimento a Tre are given poised performances, though both horn concertos need more articulation from the strings. Two duets for horn and trombone (Jörgen van Rijen) from Michael Haydn's D-major Serenade stand out for elegance in a somewhat samey programme.