Giovanni Antonini & Il Giardino Armonico - Haydn 2032, Vol. 10: Les heures du jour - Gramophone [RW]

Haydn inconveniently failed to add a 'night' symphony to his 'Times of Day' trilogy. Giovanni Antonini makes amends with a performance of Mozart's nocturnal serenade by turns suave and raucously subversive. In the Haydn, Antonini and his crack period band outgun all the competition in colour, operatic brio and a twinkling sense of fun. My feel-good recording of the year.

08 December 2021