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Haydn
A-Concerto for harpsichord and violin in F major, Hob. XVIII:6; Concerto for violin in G major, Hob. VIIa:4; Sinfonia concertante, Op. 84, Hob. I:105. Borok, Rachlevsky, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin (Eroica)

'A ROAD LESS TRAVELED': That's the title of this CD, which certainly does explore little-known byways of Haydn's oeuvre for solo instruments and strings. The most novel combination of soloists is the Sinfonia concertante's, for violin, oboe, bassoon and cello. But even a solo pairing of violin and harpsichord isn't exactly common.

DAPPER PERFORMANCES: The CD cover shows a very suave-looking Emanuel Borok, concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, gazing thoughtfully into the distance. As the violin soloist here, Mr. Borok plays as suavely as he looks, the technique impeccable, the rhythms buoyant, the vibrato subtly gauged. He has fine colleagues in harpsichordist Fyodor Stroganov, oboist Olga Tomilova, bassoonist Mikhail Furman, cellist Alexander Gotfelf and the polished Kremlin Chamber Orchestra.

AMENITIES: The recording, made in Moscow, is excellent, clear and spacious. But although the CD folder includes biographies of all the musicians, there's not a word on music that's not exactly standard rep.

-Scott Cantrell


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