Violin Concerto in C major Hob VIIa:1
Haydn´s C major Violin Concerto in a modern and historicallyinformed edition
Haydn´s Violin Concerto in C major has always been closely linked to Breitkopf & Härtel, which began selling copies of the work back in 1769. The first edition came out in 1909 and helped secure the work a broad dissemination and lasting popularity. Strangely enough, this first edition is one of the most important sources today, since its own source – a copy of Haydn´s autograph, perhaps the autograph itself – was lost at the end of World War II. Although other copies from Haydn´s time were made, they are textually less reliable.
Walter Heinz Bernstein has created an easily playable and pleasant-sounding piano score on the basis of the first edition, whereby he has respected the early classical continuo practice. As he did earlier in the G major Concerto, Thomas Zehetmair has once again accepted the challenging task of embellishing the solo part with stylistically accurate cadenzas and flourishes. This delightful concerto is thus now available in a modern edition