I purchased this after reading the five star reviews here. Many thanks. Despite major competition, this 2-fer
ranks very high. Its assets: good sound, a chamber orchestra, and Janigro's conducting. It reminds me of two
Haydn paragons: Hans Rosbaud in #s 92 and 104 and George Szell-especially in #s 95-98 (see my reviews). Janigro
is intense and passionate, especially in the three minor key symphonies (#s 44, 45, and 49). In these, I like especially the tone of sorrow/lamentation in #44/1 and 2, the slow opening movement and furious second movement of #49, and the outer movements of #45 (including an especially beautiful exit scene). My favorite of the six is #48, a C majot special like #s 75, 90 and 97 et al, which usually are large scale, trumpet/tympany
laden, celebratory and exciting. Janigro does not disappoint, at least matching Orpheus CO and Trevor Pinnock.
Pinnock and Janigro employ similar tempi, but I prefer Janigro's orchestra and less frequently rushed tempi.
#s 46 and 47 are also very well played-so too is Raymond Leppard's #47 and the #46 of Derek Solomons (a fine conductor who employed a very small orchestra which can sometimes sound undernourished.
Peers: #44: Orpheus, Fricsay, Sacher, Pinnock, Scherchen, Adam Fischer,Marriner
#45: Orpheus, Pinnock, Solomons, Fischer, Marriner
#46: Pinnock, Solomon, Fischer
#47: Pinnock, Solomons, Fischer, Leppard
#48: Orpheus, Fischer, Ristenpart, Pinnock, Marriner
#49: Orpheus, Fischer, Pinnock, Scherchen, Marriner