If you had any doubts that Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was among the handful of the greatest composers the slow movement of his Violin Concerto #1 in C should erase them. The reading below by violinist Andras Agoston has a long cadenza near the movement’s end. The video of the entire concerto with Joshua Bell as both conductor and soloist has a more conventional conclusion to the slow movement. But nothing detracts from the exquisite beauty of the piece which is entirely based on one theme and which is almost a solo. For most of the movement the orchestral accompaniment is just plucked strings. Inspired! That this work wasn’t even published until the middle of the 20th century beggars belief.