In around 1757, Haydn received his first permanent appointment: as director of music for Count Karl Joseph Franz Morzin, who spent his winters in Vienna and his summers at Dolní Lukavice in Bohemia.
It was probably during this period that Haydn composed a series of wind divertimenti, among them this work for pairs of oboes, horns and bassoons.
Described as a ‘Feld-Parthie’ – that is, a multi-movement piece for performance outdoors (in the ‘field’) – this short divertimento is composed in the shape of an arc, with a beautifully expressive central Adagio framed by two minuet and trio movements, with an opening Allegro and a rousing Presto to conclude.(Notes by Samantha Owens)
The members of Ensemble Zefiro are: Alfredo Bernardini (oboe), Paolo Grazzi (oboe), Dileno Baldin (horn), Francesco Meucci (horn), Alberto Grazzi (bassoon), Giorgio Mandolesi (bassoon).
Recorded in Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ
Sound engineer: Graham Kennedy