Experience the beautiful and striking repertoire for baryton for the very first time with The Gryphon Baryton Trio. A rare and magnificent relic from the Classical era, the baryton features a body similar to that of a viola da gamba but with an additional course of 11 metal strings. Producing stunning melodies within a rich, resonant cloud of sound, the baryton was much beloved by Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy, who employed Haydn to compose over 130 works for it.
The majority of Haydn’s baryton works consist of elegant and charming Divertimenti for baryton, viola, and cello, commonly referred to as ‘Baryton Trios’. Full of invention and colour, the baryton plays a critical role in these delightful pieces, creating beautiful sonority when combined with the lower instruments.