- Concerto for violin & keyboard in F major, H. 18/6
- Violin Concerto in G major, H. 7a/4
- Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello, oboe, bassoon & orchestra, H. 1/105
With an orchestral, soloist, and chamber music pedigree as long and accomplished as violinist Emanuel Borok, one might expect great things from a recording featuring performances of some of the Haydn violin concertos. Fortunately for listeners, Borok delivers on this expectation. Returning to has native Russia, Borok joins the able Kremlin Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Misha Rachlevsky in this delightful album of three of the unjustifiably under-performed concertos of Haydn. Though he has spent much of his career as an orchestral musician, Borok is fortunate to have an impressive arsenal of sound colors and delivers a brilliantly simple, refined, and clear sound throughout this album. His interpretations are sensitive without being cautious, energetic without being pompous, and elegant without being stuffy. While Borok's performances are unassailable, they would not be able to achieve the same sparkle and lilt without impressive articulation and fluent performance offered by the accompanying orchestra. The harpsichord is thankfully quite present and plays off the violin solo rhapsodic. The only thing sadly lacking from this CD is a discussion in the liner notes of the music itself, and a better explanation of why the performance of these works is truly "A Road Less Traveled."