Haydn: Symphonies Nos 92 & 93, 97-99

London Symphony Orchestra

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

The compositional circumstances of Haydn’s last 23 symphonies were very different from those of their 80-odd predecessors, most of which had been written primarily for local performance at the court of his employer, Prince Nikolaus Esterh.zy. The 1780s saw the composer’s international fame and popularity rise to new heights, and after a Parisian concert society known as the Concert de la Loge Olympique commissioned a set of six symphonies from him in 1785, his subsequent examples were all written for foreign consumption.

Tracklist

1.
Symphony No. 92 in G major, 'Oxford': i. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso
08:00
2.
Symphony No. 92 in G major, 'Oxford': ii. Adagio cantabile
07:28
3.
Symphony No. 92 in G major, 'Oxford': iii. Menuetto: Allegretto
05:50
4.
Symphony No. 92 in G major, 'Oxford': iv. Presto
06:06
5.
Symphony No. 93 in D major: i. Adagio - Allegro assai
08:01
6.
Symphony No. 93 in D major: ii. Largo cantabile
05:34
7.
Symphony No. 93 in D major: iii. Menuetto: Allegro
03:57
8.
Symphony No. 93 in D major: iv. Finale: Presto ma non troppo
05:34
9.
Symphony No. 97 in C major: i. Adagio - Allegro assai
08:46
10.
Symphony No. 97 in C major: ii. Adagio ma non troppo
07:47
11.
Symphony No. 97 in C major: iii. Menuetto e Trio: Allegretto
04:10
12.
Symphony No. 97 in C major: iv. Finale: Presto assai
05:36
13.
Symphony No. 98 in B flat major: i. Adagio - Allegro
08:53
14.
Symphony No. 98 in B flat major: ii. Adagio
06:30
15.
Symphony No. 98 in B flat major: iii. Menuetto: Presto
05:14
16.
Symphony No. 98 in B flat major: iv. Finale: Presto
06:41
17.
Symphony No. 99 in E flat major: i. Adagio - Vivace assai
08:53
18.
Symphony No. 99 in E flat major: ii. Adagio
09:26
19.
Symphony No. 99 in E flat major: iii. Menuetto e Trio: Allegretto
05:34
20.
Symphony No. 99 in E flat major: iv. Finale: Vivace
04:54

Total time: 02:12:54

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Mastering Engineer

Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes

Producer

James Malinson

Recording Engineer

Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes

Recording location

Barbicon Center London

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

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SKU

LSO0702

Release Date October 10, 2014
SKU LSO0702

Press reviews

Presto Classical

Top 10 Discs of 2014
These performances simply radiate joy: you can almost see Davis’s benevolent smile… I really can’t recommend these new performances highly enough.

Classic FM (UK)

All of these symphonies’ expressive strength and rigour, their invention and mastery of form, are laid bare in these revelatory performances which confirm for all time Sir Colin’s reputation as a pre-eminent interpreter of Haydn’s music. He doesn’t hold back and relishes the warmth of Haydn’s sound world.

BBC Radio 3 – Building a Library

Sir Colin Davis was famously disinterested in the historically informed school of Haydn, yet there’s so much tender affection for the music and appreciation of its wit and imagination as you just heard, that despite some stately tempi these performances are richly rewarding.

The Arts Desk

There’s so much to admire. The Barbican’s dryish acoustic really works in Haydn’s favour – timpani are nicely in tune and the LSO solo winds excel. A delectable pair of CDs.

HDMusic.me

This is a richly rewarding and highly enjoyable set. The playing of the LSO is consistently excellent and one gets the distinct impression that the players were enjoying themselves – as well they might. Sir Colin’s way with Haydn is cultivated and invariably satisfying. These are a fine reminder of the stylish musicality of Sir Coin Davis. Two hours listening to late Haydn symphonies under his perceptive guidance is time very well spent.

Classical Source

The recorded sound is excellent, and final applause has been removed. This is a release to treasure for great music and magnificent readings of it (and one doesn’t forget Sir Colin’s previous Haydn Symphonies, like tulips, from Amsterdam) … and the front cover is quite striking in a feel-good way. Believe me, a couple of hours spent in the company of “Papa” Haydn and with a conductor who tapped so perceptively and benevolently into this imaginative and indestructible music (and which is so adaptable to a devoted and without-dogma approach, as here) makes the World a better place.

BBC Music Magazine

**** Performance **** Recording
This new selection, recorded live in the Barbican in 2010-11, deploys an equally large orchestral line-up and makes as few concessions to ‘period’ performance. The performance is notaby warmer and more personal, however; it glows with affection for this life-enhancing music.

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