The Six Duo Concertantes on this release were all originally composed by Haydn — just not in this form. These duos for violins were transcribed for two flutes and published in 1801 by a Parisian firm. And as flute duos, the music works very well. Ginevra Petrucci and Gian-Luca Petrucci perform with modern instruments. Yet their sound is warm and mellow, more in keeping with the wooden transverse flutes these transcriptions were meant for.
Even in their original form, these were meant to be light diversions. And they certainly are here. If you’re up for an hour of pleasant, delightfully charming music — or just a Haydn compleatist — this may be the disc for you.
Franz Joseph Haydn: Six Duo Concertantes for two flutes
Ginevra Petrucci, Gian-Luca Petrucci, flutes
Brilliant Classics 94620