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Haydn: Symphony Nos. 99-104 Import, Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1 2004)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0000CE7FQ
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Disc: 1
1. I. Adagio - Vivace assai
2. II. Adagio
3. III. Minuet (Allegretto) & Trio
4. IV. Vivace
5. I. Adagio - Allegro
6. II. Allegretto
7. III. Menuet (Moderato) - Trio
8. IV. Finale: Presto
9. I. Adagio - Allegro
10. II. Andante più tosto allegretto
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I. Adagio - Presto
2. II. Andante
3. III. Menuet (Allegretto) & Trio
4. IV. Vivace
5. I. Largo - Allegro vivace
6. II. Adagio
7. III. Menuetto (Allegro) and Trio
8. IV. Finale: Presto
9. I. Adagio - Allegro
10. II. Andante
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I was so excited when I purchased this double CD and so amazed at the performances. I heard about Beecham conducting Haydn's London symphonies until I got to the last symphony in these recordings. To be exact, in the middle of the last movement of symphony 104 the CD skips and hangs something furious. I played it on my CD component player, my computer, my DVD player, and finally my walkman with the same result, skipping and hanging at the same point of the CD. Hoping that it was just a lemon CD I returned the CD for another only to find it had the same error at the same point of the recording. However, after close inspection under the right light, I was able to see a smudge/ripple on the outside edge of the CD. I sure hope it was just a bad batch because I'd really like to have an error free recording of these symphonies. If these errors were not present I would have rated this double CD a perfect "5 stars."
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa920fea0) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa91f1fc0) out of 5 stars One of the master interpreters of Haydn Oct. 21 2004
By Jeffrey Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the second portion of EMI's recent re-release of Beecham's extremely fine set of Haydn London Symphonies. The first installment, Nos. 93-98, was originally recorded in excellent mono; these, 99-104, in stereo. (Incidentally, my Symphony 104 does not suffer from the same technical problem encountered by the preceding reviewers with their discs. This might have something to do with the Made in Holland sticker on the backside of the plastic container.) The well known and long appreciated Beecham traits are all here---fastidious but appealing detail, sprightly rhythms, charm, wit, grace and convincing dynamics. In comparison with Scherchen in his DG Original Masters six cd set, Beecham seems somewhat more refined, even aristocratic at times. However, all of this doesn't necessarily mean he is more convincing musically than Scherchen. Each in his own way ably presents Haydn as a composer of varied and fascinating character, and not just as "the father" but a master of the symphony. If I was asked to cite one perceived overall difference between the styles of both conductors, I would say that Beecham's could be considered somewhat more cerebral, while Scherchen's might emanate a bit more from the heart. Soundwise, Scherchen's mono recordings tend to be warmer, while Beecham's sport more of the relatively lighter, open clarity of the stereo stage. So, which to choose? Beecham can be captivating, and Scherchen's drive and drama can be exciting. It seems to depend on whose style one prefers. Of course, owning both is a possibility.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa912b498) out of 5 stars Same flaw Feb. 17 2005
By Richard Branyan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I would rate this at five stars if it were not for the remastering flaw on the final track of CD 2. In my opinion, these performances rate with Jochum's as the best available. Shame on EMI for letting the defective discs escape their notice. Apparently, all copies have the problem, since every review mentions it, and I have now exchanged the disc four times in search of a clean copy. Why can't EMI recall and reissue the set? I left a perfectly cordial message on the EMI website asking if they knew of the problem and if any unflawed copies were available. I got no response. Such contempt for their customers would drive many companies out of business.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa912bc54) out of 5 stars No Flaws Here... Oct. 24 2005
By R. Clifford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The sound on this re-mastering of the Beecham recordings is excellent--much better than on the earlier release by EMI. Apparently the disc flaw in #104 that previous reviewers mentioned has been eliminated in later production runs.

No doubt about it, Sir Thomas Beecham brings out the grace and wit in the Haydn symphonies better than just about any conductor.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa12a438) out of 5 stars The conclusion of Beecham's delightful Haydn set Sept. 15 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These recordings of the last six London symphonies were recorded in 1958-59, but even after fifty years they gleam with freshness. Just as Beethoven is unthinkable without Furtwangler, Verdi without Toscanini, and Mahler without Bernstein, Haydn is fused with the name of Beecham. He was near the end when these stereo renditions were made, and at times the music isn't as vigorous or pointed as it could be, but the symphonies remain light, buoyant, and witty. Beecham simply had the magic touch when it came to Haydn. As to sonics, they are good enough , but loud passages can shriek a bit, and the Royal Phil. is at times scrappy compared to the best orchestras of today. But their playing is never bored, routine, or slick.

At present this composer is neglected. Unlike Mozart, Haydn's poised classicism doesn't feel deep enough to modern ears; he's never tragic or even conflicted. His music is charmng, balanced, self-assured, and incredibly inventive. That should be enough, but I can think of a host of major conductors who have recorded barely a handful of Haydn symphonies (Toscanini, Walter, Furtwangler, Abbado, Fricsay, etc.) The best of the true devotees includes, besides Beecham, Bernstein, Klemperer, and Karajan, with Szell adding his fair share, about eight symphonies in toto. Bernstein's set of the Paris symphonies stands on a plane with Beechaam's London symphonies. Together, they are must-listens in this delightful music.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa91f94b0) out of 5 stars Excellent, but also disappointing Jan. 3 2005
By Katherine Wiggin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't have much to add to what was said by the previous review, who is spot-on. At $12, these five (#99-103) of Haydn's London symphonies are one of the best combinations of quality and price available. I say FIVE symphonies, though, instead of SIX (there are supposedly SIX included here), because there IS a remastering error on the second disc. It's right where the first two reviews said it was -- on the last track, or during the final movement of Symphony 104. The first time I played the symphony, which was in my CD player, I began to hear a strange clicking noise right near the end of 104's last movement, at about 4:45, just when I thought I was out of the woods. After a few seconds of this, the CD did in fact begain to "hang something furious." When I played it on my computer, the hanging came even earlier -- after the 3-minute mark (as if it were eating its way to the center of the disc). I too checked the disc under a bright lamp, expecting to find a small claw mark on the underside, but it showed no damage. Therefore, the problem must lie with EMI. I'm not sure what happened, but I take it that most buyers will find the same problem that I did. I'm not throwing this set out (or even just the second disc) because of the wonderful performances of Symphonies 99-103, but it's disappointing not to get to hear Beecham bring 104 to its terrific close.