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Ultimate Haydn - The Essential Masterpieces
     

Ultimate Haydn - The Essential Masterpieces

 
Only by a fair-sized stretch of the imagination could this five-disc set, The Ultimate Haydn, actually be considered the ultimate collection of the great Austro-Hungarian composer's works. Included are five symphonies, four concertos, three string quartets, one mass, and two brief cantatas, which represent only a small fraction of the composer's vast oeuvre.

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Only by a fair-sized stretch of the imagination could this five-disc set, The Ultimate Haydn, actually be considered the ultimate collection of the great Austro-Hungarian composer's works. Included are five symphonies, four concertos, three string quartets, one mass, and two brief cantatas, which represent only a small fraction of the composer's vast oeuvre. While the selections themselves are characteristic of the composer's work in the various forms -- the "London Symphony," the "Emperor Quartet," and the "Nelson Mass" are all present and accounted for -- the performances are a hodgepodge. Decca has chosen high-intensity readings of "Symphonies No. 95" and "No. 104" by Georg Solti and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and three smaller scale, more genial readings of "Nos. 94," "96," and "100" by Antal Dorati and the Philharmonia Hungarica. For the concertos, there is Mstislav Rostropovich's muscular interpretation of the "Cello Concerto" with Benjamin Britten leading the English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Tuckwell's elegant rendition of the two horn concertos and Alan Stringer's clarion account of the "Trumpet Concerto," the latter three with Neville Marriner leading the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in appropriately agile accompaniments. There are strongly expressive but not especially graceful performances of the three quartets from the Opus 76 set by the Aeolian String Quartet. Decca includes Richard Hickox's dramatic recording of the "Nelson Mass" rather than the classic account by David Willcocks. Two short cantatas, "Arianna a Naxos" and "Berenice, che fai," fill out the final disc in sterling performances by charismatic soprano Arleen Augér, backed by the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra led by Christopher Hogwood. For listeners for whom a little Haydn goes a long way, this set may prove to be satisfying, but for listeners for whom a little Haydn is too little Haydn, this set will be too little Haydn.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/2009
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947814788
catalogNumber:
001280402
Rank:
10412

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 104 in D major ("London"), H. 1/104
  2. Symphony No. 95 in C minor, H. 1/95
  3. Symphony No. 94 in G major ("Surprise"/"The Drumstroke"/"Mit dem Paukenschlag"), H. 1/94
  4. Symphony No. 96 in D major ("Miracle"), H. 1/96
  5. Symphony No. 100 in G major ("Military") H. 1/100
  6. Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1
  7. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, H. 7d/3
  8. Horn Concerto in D major, H. 7d/4 (doubtful)
  9. Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, H. 7e/1
  10. String Quartet No. 62 in C major ("Emperor"), Op. 76/3, H. 3/77
  11. String Quartet No. 63 in B flat major ("Sunrise"), Op. 76/4, H. 3/78
  12. String Quartet No. 64 in D major ("Largo"), Op. 76/5, H. 3/79
  13. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Kyrie
  14. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Gloria in excelsis Deo
  15. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Qui tollis peccata mundi
  16. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Quoniam tu solus Sanctus
  17. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Credo in unum Deum
  18. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Et incarnatus est
  19. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Et resurrexit
  20. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Sanctus
  21. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Benedictus
  22. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Agnus Dei
  23. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Dona nobis pacem
  24. Arianna a Naxos ("Teseo mio ben"), cantata for soprano & keyboard, H. 26b/2
  25. Bernice che fai, cantata, H. 24a/10

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