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A nearly forgotten entry in my Filofax (yes, still in use 🤷🏻‍♂️) after a pub quiz brought John Fogerty back to my mind. His inglorious, silly, outrageous and in parts criminal behavior in the aftermath of CCR should be well known. Nevertheless he made some good music. The first solo album under his real name:

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Excellent all-goes indie rock with a fantastic singer who makes me simply feel good, but is still incredibly complex.

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Intermezzo with a disclaimer: This CD is marked E, it's comedy and no music and its not HiRes. But I love Fern, because she doesn't need to drink to be offensive 😂

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Some happy music.
"Cocaine wasn't a problem yet, and I had already lost interest in groupies."
(Francis Rossi)
Quite hard to be a rock star those days 😉

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Preparing the assistance for a young lady's music homework brought this delicious recording of Haydn's 6 to 8 "Die Tageszeiten" back to mind. Good start for into a Sunday 😉.
Beside that for UPnP users UAPP could be worth a look. Added a few screenshots, the player gives much more options.

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Todays headline for young lady and me is "Haydn". The image of the wise, pleasant and cheerful "Opa" could not be more false. He was the only one of the three most famous Vienna classic composers who made a fortune. Not only outstanding as a musician but also as a smart businessman. Good example for the orchestral music and my personal choice for the Paris symphonies is Lenny.

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Warning: Quite a long post 😉
For reasons this special and not too well known chapter in Haydn's work touches me a bit more.
Joseph Haydn travelled the British islands twice, the second time as an already old man. The English, Welsh and Scottish folk music inspired him to do great works. More than 400 song adaptations were created, including 375 Scottish songs alone - some of them landed on this album with the tenor Werner Güra.
In the case of the Scottish "folk songs", a distinction was made between song, this meant exclusively the text, and air, the melody. It usually already existed, was a traditional. The text was newly written about it and done were the songs, very popular at the end of the 18th Century, especially in the salons of the "upper class".
The market for it grew, and Haydn served several English clients. Some of these were extremely rich, like a certain George Thomson, who took the collection and publication of such songs as a life's work, who associated a special claim with it and commissioned arrangements from other European composers such as Beethoven and Weber. Nevertheless, these Haydn compositions are hardly to be mentioned popular today, but with the instrumentation of piano, cello and violin, although there is often even an artistic before and after, rather chamber music for a sophisticated entertainment.
One has to praise the musicians, especially the soloist Werner Güra. They did the balancing act between partly rough folk and high art songs with brilliance. Thrilling, exuberant, with so much joy in these miniatures. It was also a good idea to integrate the Piano Trio No. 27 in C major into the process, but not as a compact work, but sprinkling a movement here and there. Haydn's enthusiasm for English and Scottish folk music can also be heard in this trio.
Sorry for another very long sermon and I am aware that this kind of music isn't everyone's choice 😉

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To finish my Sunday Haydn Festival 😉
As usual Glenn Goulds approach to Haydn is a completely different one. Looking more back towards Bach (with focus on the "Kontrapunkt") than to Beethoven. Haydns sonatas still have two or three movements, not so much to common with the four movement structure from later times.

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