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Ultimate Haydn - The Essential Masterpieces

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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: 4/21/2009
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947814788
  • Catalog Number: 001280402
  • Sales rank: 114,199

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 104 in D major ("London"), H. 1/104 - London Philharmonic Orchestra & Franz Joseph Haydn (28:35)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 95 in C minor, H. 1/95 - London Philharmonic Orchestra & Franz Joseph Haydn (21:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 94 in G major ("Surprise"/"The Drumstroke"/"Mit dem Paukenschlag"), H. 1/94 - Antal Doráti & Franz Joseph Haydn (22:30)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 96 in D major ("Miracle"), H. 1/96 - Antal Doráti & Franz Joseph Haydn (22:28)
  3. 9–12 Symphony No. 100 in G major ("Military") H. 1/100 - Antal Doráti & Franz Joseph Haydn (23:48)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1 - Benjamin Britten & Franz Joseph Haydn (26:09)
  2. 4–6 Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, H. 7d/3 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Neville Marriner (16:45)
  3. 7–9 Horn Concerto in D major, H. 7d/4 (doubtful) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Neville Marriner (16:27)
  4. 10–12 Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, H. 7e/1 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Neville Marriner (13:23)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 62 in C major ("Emperor"), Op. 76/3, H. 3/77 - Aeolian Quartet & Franz Joseph Haydn (30:46)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 63 in B flat major ("Sunrise"), Op. 76/4, H. 3/78 - Aeolian Quartet & Franz Joseph Haydn (23:07)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 64 in D major ("Largo"), Op. 76/5, H. 3/79 - Aeolian Quartet & Franz Joseph Haydn (18:56)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Kyrie - Franz Joseph Haydn & Barbara Bonney (4:44)
  2. 2 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Gloria in excelsis Deo - Franz Joseph Haydn & Barbara Bonney (3:37)
  3. 3 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Qui tollis peccata mundi - Franz Joseph Haydn & Barbara Bonney (5:01)
  4. 4 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Quoniam tu solus Sanctus - Franz Joseph Haydn & Barbara Bonney (2:52)
  5. 5 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Credo in unum Deum - Franz Joseph Haydn & Barbara Bonney (1:43)
  6. 6 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Et incarnatus est - Franz Joseph Haydn & Barbara Bonney (4:16)
  7. 7 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Et resurrexit - Franz Joseph Haydn & Barbara Bonney (3:37)
  8. 8 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Sanctus - Franz Joseph Haydn & Barbara Bonney (2:25)
  9. 9 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Benedictus - Franz Joseph Haydn & Barbara Bonney (6:35)
  10. 10 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Agnus Dei - Franz Joseph Haydn & Barbara Bonney (3:15)
  11. 11 Mass for soloists, chorus, organ & orchestra in D minor ("Lord Nelson"), H. 22/11: Dona nobis pacem - Franz Joseph Haydn & Barbara Bonney (2:45)
  12. 12 Arianna a Naxos ("Teseo mio ben"), cantata for soprano & keyboard, H. 26b/2 - Arleen Augér & Franz Joseph Haydn (18:07)
  13. 13 Bernice che fai, cantata, H. 24a/10 - Arleen Augér & Franz Joseph Haydn (12:30)
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