- Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, H. 7b/2 (Op. 101)
- Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1
- Concerto for violin & keyboard in F major, H. 18/6
- Violin Concerto in A major ("Melker Konzert"), H. 7a/3
- Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7a/1
- Violin Concerto in G major, H. 7a/4
Determining just how many solo concertos Haydn actually composed has been a test of musicologists even since the composer's own lifetime. Many have been lost, misassigned, or destroyed. This Newton Classics two-disc set features the two cello concertos as well as the "First," "Third," "Fourth," and "Sixth" (for violin and harpsichord) concertos for violin and orchestra. Throughout the album, the English Chamber Orchestra provides the backdrop. Salvatore Accardo leads the orchestra and performs the violin solos in these reissues taken from 1980-1981. Here, the overriding character is light, energetic, engaging, and forward-moving. Accardo's playing may at times be slightly heavy, but the brisk tempos largely override the weighty right arm. Balance in the violin concertos is also well-managed, with the solo line always prominent without stifling the orchestral tuttis. For the 1972 recordings of the cello concertos, Edo de Waart takes the podium and is joined by cellist Christine Walevska. The different styles and interpretations are immediately apparent and not welcome. Both cello concertos are exceptionally slow and ponderous in their outer movements. Walevska plays with a very intense, continuous vibrato that is largely unwelcome and unfashionable for these concertos. Balance between soloist and orchestra is also less clearly defined, with the cello sometimes not standing out enough from the orchestra. While Accardo's playing is certainly worth investigating, listeners would do well to look elsewhere to superior recordings of the cello concertos.