Haydn: Orchestral Music and Concertos

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Back before the war, far less of Haydn's orchestral music was known than what is known now. Back in the '30s and '40s, only a handful of his 104 symphonies were regularly programmed or recorded. But while we knew less of Haydn's orchestral music, thankfully what was known was performed by the best possible conductors and orchestras. And, even more thankfully, most of those conductors and orchestras appear on this four-disc set from Andante: Bruno Walter and the Vienna Philharmonic, Arturo Toscanini and the New York Philharmonic, Sergey Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony, and Thomas Beecham and his own London Philharmonic. Each performance is highly individualistic, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Back before the war, far less of Haydn's orchestral music was known than what is known now. Back in the '30s and '40s, only a handful of his 104 symphonies were regularly programmed or recorded. But while we knew less of Haydn's orchestral music, thankfully what was known was performed by the best possible conductors and orchestras. And, even more thankfully, most of those conductors and orchestras appear on this four-disc set from Andante: Bruno Walter and the Vienna Philharmonic, Arturo Toscanini and the New York Philharmonic, Sergey Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony, and Thomas Beecham and his own London Philharmonic. Each performance is highly individualistic, totally convincing, and absolutely thrilling. Walter's 1938 "Military Symphony" is noble, lyrical, and, recorded ten days before the Anschluss, touched with fear at the trumpet fanfare and percussion explosion in the Allegretto. Toscanini's 1929 "Clock Symphony" is poised, powerful, and touched with magnificence in the Adagio introduction. Koussevitzky's 1936 "No. 102 in B flat major" is witty, wistful, graceful, and touched with the infinite in the opening Largo. Beecham's October 1935 and February 1936 "No. 99 in E flat major" is saucy, sentimental, and touched by the sublime in the Adagio. And in addition to four more great symphonies, including Walter's "Oxford" and Koussevitzky's "Surprise," this set also has four great concertos including Emanuel Feuermann's stunning "Cello Concerto in D major," Szymon Goldberg's singing "Violin Concerto in C major," and Wanda Landowska's stupendous "Hungarian Harpsichord Concerto." It was a different world before the war, but the peaks of Haydn's symphonies still touched eternity. Aside from a faint hiss, Andante's remastering has brought these aged recordings back to life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Andante
  • UPC: 699487118027
  • Catalog Number: 1180
  • Sales rank: 17,802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7a/1 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Carl Flesch (21:16)
  2. 4–6 Keyboard Concerto in D major, H. 18/11 - Wanda Landowska & Franz Joseph Haydn (20:12)
  3. 7–9 Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, H. 7b/2 (Op. 101) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Emanuel Feuermann (25:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 88 in G major ("Letter V"), H. 1/88 - Franz Joseph Haydn & NBC Symphony Orchestra (21:14)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 92 in G major ("Oxford"/"Letter Q"), H. 1/92 - Bruno Walter & Franz Joseph Haydn (22:58)
  3. 9–12 Symphony No. 94 in G major ("Surprise"/"The Drumstroke"/"Mit dem Paukenschlag"), H. 1/94 - Sergey Koussevitzky & Franz Joseph Haydn (22:32)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 98 in B flat major, H. 1/98 - Franz Joseph Haydn & NBC Symphony Orchestra (24:06)
  2. 5–7 Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello, oboe, bassoon & orchestra, H. 1/105 - Franz Joseph Haydn & AndrĂ© Navarra (19:58)
  3. 8–11 Symphony No. 102 in B flat major, H. 1/102 - Sergey Koussevitzky & Franz Joseph Haydn (22:00)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 99 in E flat major, H. 1/99 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Thomas Beecham (23:36)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 101 in D major ("Clock"), H. 1/101 - Franz Joseph Haydn & New York Philharmonic (27:09)
  3. 9–12 Symphony No. 100 in G major ("Military") H. 1/100 - Bruno Walter & Franz Joseph Haydn (22:32)
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