Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
The Haydn works are played smoothly and enthusiastically, particularly the sprightly trumpet concerto with Albert Calvayrac as soloist. It is ideal music for starting a do-it-yourself project on a bright winter Sunday afternoon. Why would anyone, however, want to record the Toy Symphony, which is instrumented with, among other things, a glass of water, a rattle and a cuckoo call? Originally blamed on Haydn, it is now attributed to Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang’s father. Surviving Mozarts might try to get it reattributed—perhaps to Spike Jones.