Midori Seiler, the Baroque violinist of German-Japanese origin, has already impressively proved her skill at revealing new sides to great works with her recordings of the violin partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Joseph Haydn's violin concertos belong more in the category of rarely performed works in the genre – unjustly, since their quality and originality are in no way inferior to the popular concertos of Mozart and Beethoven.
"Haydn's lavish palette of tone colours comes out fully here, as does his subtle humour, as well as his determination and the profound nature of his compositions – infused with popular elements, as always," according to Midori Seiler. Indeed, Haydn demonstrates a pioneer spirit in these works. "There is certainly a hint of the sound of the Baroque era, but there are also ideas that reach far into the future," she goes on to explain. In addition to her solo career, Midori Seiler is leader of the renowned ensembles Akamus and Anima Eterna.
The dialogue between the soloist and the ensemble has a clear, fresh and unpretentious feel to it – resulting in cheerful, catchy and at the same time uplifting music, "whose magnitude the violinist embraces increasingly as she grows older."
Midori Seiler gives these masterpieces by Haydn a new reading assisted by a small, almost chamber-size group of musicians from Concerto Köln, an ensemble that has earned an international reputation over nearly three decades without losing its young and dynamic appeal. All of the musicians perform on period instruments in such a technically flawless, individual and charming manner that the listener must surely succumb to the essence of this music.