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Haydn Edition: Symphonies 68 & 93-104
     

Haydn Edition: Symphonies 68 & 93-104 "London"

by Nikolaus Harnoncourt
 
Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra have a knack for delivering something with which many other orchestras and conductors struggle. That is, to produce a box set that has the ability to maintain a listener's interest from disc one to, in this case, disc five. Like their cycle of the Mozart and

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra have a knack for delivering something with which many other orchestras and conductors struggle. That is, to produce a box set that has the ability to maintain a listener's interest from disc one to, in this case, disc five. Like their cycle of the Mozart and Schubert symphonies, this set of the late Haydn symphonies is a treat from start to finish. Although Haydn's symphonies do not display the dramatic changes from one symphony to the next that a listener might expect when listening to a cycle of the Beethoven or Mahler symphonies, Harnoncourt and the RCO play with ample exuberance, energy, and minute attention to detail so as to make every note and phrase as fresh as the last. The recordings, made between 1987 and 1993, are highly consistent in sound quality and could just as easily have been made in the same season. The RCO's sound is generally very well-suited to Haydn: crisp strings, punchy brass that don't get in the way, and winds that are equally comfortable in either an accompanimental or soloistic role. The one potential bugaboo that pervades the recording is the timpani, whose sound all too often covers the rest of the orchestra with its very boomy attacks. Apart from that, this collection makes for an excellent reference for the late Haydn symphonies.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2007
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646306121
catalogNumber:
63061

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 68 in B flat major, H. 1/68
  2. Symphony No. 93 in D major, H. 1/93
  3. Symphony No. 94 in G major ("Surprise"/"The Drumstroke"/"Mit dem Paukenschlag"), H. 1/94
  4. Symphony No. 95 in C minor, H. 1/95
  5. Symphony No. 96 in D major ("Miracle"), H. 1/96
  6. Symphony No. 97 in C major, H. 1/97
  7. Symphony No. 98 in B flat major, H. 1/98
  8. Symphony No. 99 in E flat major, H. 1/99
  9. Symphony No. 100 in G major ("Military") H. 1/100
  10. Symphony No. 101 in D major ("Clock"), H. 1/101
  11. Symphony No. 102 in B flat major, H. 1/102
  12. Symphony No. 103 in E flat major ("Drumroll"), H. 1/103
  13. Symphony No. 104 in D major ("London"), H. 1/104

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