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In the March 2023 issue, we explore the history of the baryton, and discover why this once-neglected instrument is now making a comeback on the early music scene. ’Many of Haydn’s baryton works are now lost, including all of the concertos and sonatas. But the core of the surviving repertoire, and the form best suited to the instrument, is the baryton trio with viola (or occasionally violin) and cello. Haydn composed 126 such works. All of them survive, owing to the particular pride that Prince Esterházy took in these works, having them bound together in four elegant volumes. The baryton proves the ideal solo instrument here, as the bright overtones from the sympathetic strings compensate for the lack of a treble voice.’

Here, the three members of the Valencia Baryton Project - Matt Baker (baryton), Estevan de Almeida Reis (viola) and Alex Friedhoff (cello) perform the Adagio from Haydn’s Trio no.35. The recording was made at the Castillo de Riba-Roja in the Valencia region of Spain, during a recording session for Naxos.

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