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.See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/2009
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947814788
catalogNumber:
001280402
Rank:
75286

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 104 in D major ("London"), H. 1/104  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Georg Solti
  2. Symphony No. 95 in C minor, H. 1/95  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Georg Solti
  3. Symphony No. 94 in G major ("Surprise"/"The Drumstroke"/"Mit dem Paukenschlag"), H. 1/94  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Antal Doráti  -  Philharmonia Hungarica
  4. Symphony No. 96 in D major ("Miracle"), H. 1/96  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Antal Doráti  -  Philharmonia Hungarica
  5. Symphony No. 100 in G major ("Military") H. 1/100  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Antal Doráti  -  Philharmonia Hungarica
  6. Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Benjamin Britten  - Benjamin Britten  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Mstislav Rostropovich
  7. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, H. 7d/3  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Barry Tuckwell  - Barry Tuckwell
  8. Horn Concerto in D major, H. 7d/4 (doubtful)  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Barry Tuckwell  - Barry Tuckwell
  9. Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, H. 7e/1  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Alan Stringer
  10. String Quartet No. 62 in C major ("Emperor"), Op. 76/3, H. 3/77  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Aeolian Quartet
  11. String Quartet No. 63 in B flat major ("Sunrise"), Op. 76/4, H. 3/78  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Aeolian Quartet
  12. String Quartet No. 64 in D major ("Largo"), Op. 76/5, H. 3/79  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Aeolian Quartet
  13. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Kyrie  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Barbara Bonney  - Richard Hickox  - Anne Howells  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  -  London Symphony Chorus  - Stephen Roberts  -  City of London Sinfonia
  14. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Gloria in excelsis Deo  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Barbara Bonney  - Richard Hickox  - Anne Howells  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  -  London Symphony Chorus  - Stephen Roberts  -  City of London Sinfonia
  15. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Qui tollis peccata mundi  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Barbara Bonney  - Richard Hickox  - Anne Howells  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  -  London Symphony Chorus  - Stephen Roberts  -  City of London Sinfonia
  16. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Quoniam tu solus Sanctus  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Barbara Bonney  - Richard Hickox  - Anne Howells  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  -  London Symphony Chorus  - Stephen Roberts  -  City of London Sinfonia
  17. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Credo in unum Deum  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Barbara Bonney  - Richard Hickox  - Anne Howells  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  -  London Symphony Chorus  - Stephen Roberts  -  City of London Sinfonia
  18. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Et incarnatus est  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Barbara Bonney  - Richard Hickox  - Anne Howells  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  -  London Symphony Chorus  - Stephen Roberts  -  City of London Sinfonia
  19. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Et resurrexit  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Barbara Bonney  - Richard Hickox  - Anne Howells  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  -  London Symphony Chorus  - Stephen Roberts  -  City of London Sinfonia
  20. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Sanctus  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Barbara Bonney  - Richard Hickox  - Anne Howells  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  -  London Symphony Chorus  - Stephen Roberts  -  City of London Sinfonia
  21. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Benedictus  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Barbara Bonney  - Richard Hickox  - Anne Howells  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  -  London Symphony Chorus  - Stephen Roberts  -  City of London Sinfonia
  22. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Agnus Dei  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Barbara Bonney  - Richard Hickox  - Anne Howells  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  -  London Symphony Chorus  - Stephen Roberts  -  City of London Sinfonia
  23. Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Dona nobis pacem  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Barbara Bonney  - Richard Hickox  - Anne Howells  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  -  London Symphony Chorus  - Stephen Roberts  -  City of London Sinfonia
  24. Arianna a Naxos ("Teseo mio ben"), cantata for soprano & keyboard, H. 26b/2  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Arleen Augér  -  Handel & Haydn Society  - Christopher Hogwood
  25. Bernice che fai, cantata, H. 24a/10  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Arleen Augér  -  Handel & Haydn Society  - Christopher Hogwood

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